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Organizing Discussions

Question asked by portmess@ufl.edu on May 28, 2015
Latest reply on Nov 29, 2017 by Kelley L. Meeusen

I am a long time user of Sakai and have recently (by force I may add) moved into Canvas.  Last semester my courses had over 350 students and they responded to more than 250 discussion topics with nearly 2000 posts during the 16 week session.  The Discussions was where students could ask questions regarding material from lectures, in class-assigned problems (that I did not provide answers for) or to simply post general questions about the course rather than flooding my email inbox.  Answer one....answer them all.  "Discussions" is where I directed them for everything that was not of a personal nature.  The information was categorized by Forums, Topics and Subtopics.  This kept things highly organized and very easily maneuverable for the students and myself as the material progressed from Test #1 to Test #2, etc.  I can see that this is no longer possible within Canvas "Discussion" where it seems every single item has to have its own listing and then can only be organized if it is under a Pinned Discussion.  By the end of the semester this list will become so cluttered that I am afraid that the students will no longer engage in an information platform that has in the past been so beneficial. 

 

Has anyone run into this issue and how have your resolved this organizational problem?

Thanks!  

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