Interaction is a vital component of an online course. Discussions keep learners engaged and help you assess their understanding of the topic at hand. Pathwright's unique built-in discussions let you and your learners ask a question on any learning step. 

Teachers and moderators can use a discussion question to start a conversation within the cohort of learners they are teaching. 

💬How to ask a question

Option 1: Post a discussion question

A discussion question appears as part of the course within the step. 

  1. Select the “Post a discussion question” button near the bottom of the step. 

  2. Add a brief question title or prompt and then add more details and instructions in the text editor under “More information.” Post as a "Discussion prompt." 

Option 2: Post a personal question

A personal question shows your profile picture and appears alongside questions posted by learners in the cohort discussion area below the step. 

  1. Select the “Start a discussion” button near the bottom of the step while in Teach mode. 

  2. Add a brief question and then add more details and instructions in the text editor under “More information.” Post as a "Question." 

🛠How discussions work

Discussion prompt versus personal question

Teachers and moderators will see the options to post as a discussion prompt or as a question. When teaching or moderating a course, you may want to use the question option. Learners will see the question as coming from you personally and not just as part of the course content. 

Edit or delete

Hover over any discussion or post and select the additional actions icon (...) for the options to edit or delete that discussion or individual message. 


Discussion posts can be "upvoted" by learners using the up arrow (^). Each question will display a number of responses and number of upvotes. 

Each post will show the number of upvotes and responses will be threaded. 


Filter any discussion to see a certain type of post first. "Best" will show the most-upvoted responses first. "Active" will show posts with the most responses first. 


If you are enrolled in the course as a teacher or moderator, you will automatically be notified when someone asks a new question or responds to a discussion prompt. Learn more about how to manage your notifications.

💡 Tip: posts with unread responses will show a colored dot notification.


In some cases, members may want to subscribe to an individual discussion in order to get every response to that discussion, and not just direct responses to their own posts. To subscribe to a discussion, select the "Subscribe" button. 

To unsubscribe and stop receiving all notifications, select the "Unsubscribe" button. 

You can follow any notification straight to the original discussion by clicking on it. To unsubscribe, follow the notification to the discussion and then use the unsubscribe button to stop receiving further notifications. 

Ask to respond

Are you working with multiple teachers and moderators in a single course or cohort? Use the "Ask to respond" link under additional actions to send an instant notification to your colleague.

When a notification has been successfully sent to a teammate, you'll see the name fade and a checkmark will appear. The notification message will include a link to the discussion and will indicate that you have asked this teammate to respond. 

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