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Creating Group Discussions

You can create formal groups of students to collaborate on course work, and provide each group with its own group area. You can include links to group tools to help students collaborate and communicate. For example, you can create a special group discussion board, available only to the members of a course group.

Group discussion boards are separate from the regular course discussion board, which is available to all course members. Members of a group can create and manage their own Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> forums <end definition>.. To learn about creating course groups, see Creating Groups.


You assign students to groups, providing each group with a problem or situation to explore and develop into a class presentation. The groups can use the chat tool and their group discussion boards to come to consensus about topic choices. They can also use their group discussion boards to post internet source links, and then members can post replies on their value. Also, they can use the group discussion board to divide up tasks and refine the outline. Members post portions of the presentation, and all members post replies regarding usefulness, grammar, flow, and for agreement on the final product.

Note:  Your school controls whether this tool is available. If it is not available, you can contact your school to discuss its status.

Next Steps

To learn about the functions you can perform in the discussion board, see these topics:

About the Discussion Board

Creating Forums in the Discussion Board

Creating Threads in the Discussion Board

Participating in the Discussion Board

Managing Discussions

Grading Discussion Board Participation

Viewing Discussion Board Statistics