Hi everyone,

I teach a course where students need to work on several examples / prompts in the discussion board each week. My course has 30 students and each week there are roughly 10 - 15 examples that students work on. I cannot just provide 1 example for all 30 students to work on, there's just not enough to do with the examples. Moreover, the more examples a student works on, the better she will understand the material.

What I can do in Blackboard is have students post their work and reply to their fellow students in the discussion board. That system was easily designed for such a thing. I could ask students to work on, say, 3 examples minimum (but they were free to work on more). Grading was simple. I could click through each student, see all their posts, and give them a single grade.

The focus of the course is communication-- I really need students to be able to discuss the examples together. That is, they have to respond to several, but not all examples in a forum, but still have it all be a single grade.

How do I set this up in Canvas?#

Ryan, maybe I'm not understanding the problem, but why can't you do what you're wanting to do right now with discussions in Canvas? I've done something slightly similar where I've provided students with 6-10 different articles and then students got to pick which ones they wanted to talk about in the discussion and then they replied to their peers. Why couldn't you list all 10-15 examples in the directions part of the discussion and then let the students pick which ones they want to work on and post about them? They could then also reply to their peers in the discussion as well. Then, using Speedgrader, you can see what each individual student posted by discussion.

Here are some guides that might help:

How do I create a discussion as an instructor?

How do I get to SpeedGrader from an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion?