4. Manage discussions¶
Forum discussions are essential in an Open edX course to allow learners to interact with their classmates. Once you have set up and launched your course, and if your course has discussion components, you might need to implement ways to manage them.
4.1. Discussion moderating roles¶
To manage a discussion in an Open edX course, the user needs to be granted a specif role. This process is done by a course admin from the LMS instructor dashboard, in the “Membership” tab.
4.2. Running course discussions¶
Course discussion moderators are responsible for keeping the interaction of learners in the forums under the politics established by the course creators and administrators as well as for ensuring learners use the tool to boost their learning process.
You can find highly detailed documentation about using this functionality in the following article.
Discussion forums are considered to be essential tools in an Open edX course. From the forums authors can get feedback about their course content, suggestions to improve the course quality, ideas for future course runs, and more. Open edX has elaborated some suggestions that can help course authors use this tool in the best possible way to boost their initiatives.
You can find a set of useful suggestions in the following article.
4.3. Discussions divided by cohorts-Content specific discussions¶
Sometimes authors require to restrict the discussion components to a specific group of learners depending on the course content and learning-oriented objectives of the course. In this scenario, Open edX offers the cohorts functionality to accomplish this goal.
4.4. Team discussions¶
Discussions are also present in the teams functionality. Each team has its own discussion. The same rules that apply to the discussions in an Open edX course, apply for a team discussion.