For learners

Start a new discussion from a step

If your course has discussions enabled, you can ask a question on any step by typing in the text box just below the step content. Use this to start a discussion with your teachers and classmates. 

Posting your question on a particular step helps to keep the discussion in the context of what you're learning.

Add a title for your discussion question. You can optionally upload images, video, and other files from your computer and add more formatted text using the "More information" section. Then hit "Post."

Once you post your question, any moderators or teachers on your course will be notified and can respond. Additionally, anyone else learning in the course can view and respond to your question as well.

In addition to responding, you can upvote responses. An "upvote" is similar to a "like" on social media. You can see which discussion responses have the most upvotes.

When someone responds, you’ll get a notification by email and in the app that looks like this: 

  • Click or tap the notification and it will take you to the discussion.

  • Click the three dots (...) to the right of a notification to clear it or mark it as read/unread.

  • If you'd like to receive notifications in a daily or weekly digest, you can enable this under the notification bell icon as well.

Start a new discussion from Community

In addition to posting questions on a step, you can also post your questions or discussion topics under the Community tab. The course Community is a place where all the discussions happening throughout a course are brought together, and new unique topics can be posted.

To open the Community tab, open your course up to the Path, and then select the Community tab at the top of the Path.

Start typing in the text box at the top of the Discussion tab to post a new topic that is not related to a particular step in the course.

Add a title for your discussion question. You can optionally upload images, video, and other files from your computer and add more formatted text using the "More information" section. Then hit "Post."

Reply to discussions

As you move through the course, you may come across two types of discussions to view and interact with:

  1. Course discussion questions: These are questions left by the teacher or course-creator for you to respond to as part of the step. You can also see how other learners responded by opening the discussion.

  2. Personal discussion questions: You can see any questions a staff members or fellow learner has asked by scrolling to the bottom of a step. If you think you have something to contribute to a discussion, it’s always helpful to dive in and respond.

  3. Community topics: These are stand-alone topics posted under the Community tab by staff or your fellow learners.

To reply, simply open the discussion, and look for a place to add your answer or reply to an existing answer and continue the conversation.

💡 Tip: Reply by email. You can also respond to someone by replying to an email notification. Simply write your response above the reply line and press send. (Just be aware that your automatic email signature will be sent with your reply unless you remove it.)

How discussions work

Subscriptions

If you’d like to get updates about a particular question that someone else asked, just hit the "Subscribe" button on the question and you’ll be notified when someone responds.

Hit "Unsubscribe" to stop receiving notifications for this discussion question.

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.

Edit or delete

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

Upvote

Discussion posts can be "upvoted" 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

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.

Hide, show, and dock

On larger screens, you can hide and show the discussion window by clicking outside of it and then back into it (and you won’t lose your answer if you were writing one). You can also “dock” it on the bottom of the screen instead of the right side by clicking the dock icon:

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