Monitoring Q&A Discussion from within a Classroom

The Q&A Tab is one way to view class-specific and/or general questions and responses being posted about your course.

You can also view any class-specific questions, or post and respond to questions yourself while viewing the classroom content. Even though students can reference the location in class relevant to the questions they are posting, this may be a very helpful way for instructors to better isolate the class information that generates the most questions or discussion from students.

All questions posted from within the classroom, or questions that identify a particular class on the Q&A tab will appear in the Discussions pane of the classroom.

To monitor classroom questions/discussions

  1. Go to the classroom.
  2. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon (shown below) to open the Discussions panel and view student posts and responses, pose questions, and respond to students’ questions.
    Instructor classroom view with discussion icon and open panel identified

To post a question from the classroom

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the New Question icon.
    The Discussions panel opens to show a New Question text box, the same as if you had clicked New Question from the Discussions panel.
    Instructor classroom view with new question icon and panel identified
  2. Enter text into the New question textbox
  3. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your question.
  4. Select whether to Reference class content with the question. This simply means that the classroom presentation will synch to the question when another user selects it.
  5. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post the question without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.
  6. Click POST QUESTION.

The question can now be viewed and responded to by students or other instructors of the section.

To respond to a question from the classroom

  1. In the classroom toolbar, click the Discussions icon (shown below) to open the Discussions panel .
    Instructor classroom view with discussion icon and open panel identified
  2. Click the question/post you want to respond to.
    The Questions panel changes to show a button for responding as well as any previously posted responses.
    Discussion panel with clicked question for responding as described
  3. Click RESPOND TO THIS QUESTION.
    The question panel changes to show a response text box.
    discussion panel with response text box shown for responding to post as described
  4. Enter your response in the text box.
  5. Click the paperclip icon to include an attachment with your response.
  6. Enable the Post anonymously slider to post your response without your name. Instructors can see the authors of all posts; students cannot.
  7. Click POST.

The Discussion panel changes to show you have responded to the question.

Click the menu arrow (also called a "chevron") located to the right of a question/response to display the Edit and Delete commands. All users can edit their own (and only their own) questions or responses. Users can also delete their own posts.

As an instructor, you can delete any questions or responses posted by students if they are inappropriate.

To endorse a particular post, click the "thumbs up" icon.

NOTE:  The blue ribbon icon identifies questions you have submitted. This bookmarks all questions for the user who posts them.

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