After going through a pilot phase, Ed Discussion has been approved as an enterprise service for the entire University.

Ed Discussion is an online communication tool that can be used to facilitate synchronous and asynchronous online discussions in a course. It is integrated with Canvas and supports customizable thread categories and subcategories, anonymous posting, private posts among instructors and TAs, LaTex, simple polling, multiple computer programming languages, and more. It is FERPA-compliant and increases  student engagement, peer learning, and active inquiry in courses. The system is Q&A-based, with an intuitive interface that supports rich content.

Ed Discussion can be used as a student-led forum where students ask and answer each other’s questions, as a place for real-time discussions for project work, or as a venue for back-channel discussion between teaching team members. Instructors and students can subscribe to certain topics of interest and receive notifications via email when responses are made to their chosen discussion topics.

If you would like to learn more, we invite you to explore the following resources:

If you have any questions or would like to discuss Ed Discussion, please stop by our Office Hours or contact Academic Technology Solutions to schedule an individual consultation.

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