Structure of the Discussions Tool

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The Discussions tool is a collaboration area for instructors, teaching assistants and students. Students can post, read, and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with peers on assignments and homework.

Discussions Terminology

ForumsForums are used to group discussion topics.
TopicsTopics are used to group messages. A topic may be a question or the introduction of a new concept.
MessagesMessages are the individual posts to a topic.
ThreadA thread shows a series of replies to the same message. A message thread consists of the original message and any replies to either the original message or to a posted reply. Messages can be viewed as threaded or unthreaded.
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