Staying Up-To-Date With Discussion Forums
In courses with lots of active students, following the conversations that are happening in discussion forums can be a big job. Here are a few tips that should help keep things simple.
See which posts have new activity at a glance
The list of discussion posts have visual hints to let you know what's new.
- Grey icons mean you have read everything and there is nothing new in this post
- Blue icons mean the post is new and you have not read it yet
- White icons mean you have read the post, but there are new comments or exchanges you haven't read yet.
Follow specific posts
If you would like to be able to quickly access a few posts that are particularly interesting to you, you can follow them. Following posts allows for easy sorting and adds posts to your daily email digest if you have email updates enabled.
To follow a post: Open the post, then click "Follow."
Once you've selected some posts to follow, you can quickly filter them by showing the list of all discussions, and where you see "All Discussions," simply select "Posts I'm Following"
Receive email updates
Under the Discussion page, there's a checkbox that allows you to receive a daily digest in your inbox of all unread activity in posts you're following.