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Compass Learning Discussion Community

Overview

The Discussion Community is an online forum designed to facilitate discussions between teachers and students. Teachers and administrators can create Community topics and threads, and then use access controls to allow students to post comments related to the discussions. Teachers can also create customized learning activities based on Community topics, then assign, track and report on those tasks.
All topics and threads must be created by school teachers or administrators — students are restricted to post-only privileges in Community.

How is the Discussion Community Organized?

Community follows general format and usage guidelines common to most online newsgroups or forums. Major components are: 

Component Who can create? Definition
Topic Teachers or Administrators only The top-level "parent" category of a discussion. In the Community, topics are listed under Topic Title.
Thread Teachers or Administrators only Separate "branches" of a discussion under the same topic. Teachers can use threads to create customized learning activities in the Community, or use already existing activities.
Post Everyone Individual responses to the original topic or thread.

The screen below shows a student view of the Community forum. Teachers and administrators see a similar view, but have additional options included in the task bar above the Topic Title window. 

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Navigating the Community

Your view of the community includes various options in the left navigation panel and a discussion space in the center panel.

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In the left navigation panel of the Community, you will see the following links:

  • My Daily Posts. Displays all threads containing posts you made in the past 24 hours.
  • My Weekly Posts. Displays all threads containing posts you made in the past seven days.
  • All My Posts. Displays all threads containing posts you made, no time limit.
  • My Daily Replies. Displays all threads containing replies made to your posts within the past 24 hours.
  • My Weekly Replies. Displays all threads containing replies made to your posts within the past seven days.
  • All My Replies. Displays all threads containing replies to your posts, no time limit.
  • District, school and teacher. List all topics displayed with in a district, within a school, or by a particular teacher.

Creating a Community Topic or Thread

To create a discussion topic:

  1. Click Create Topic.
  2. In the New Topic window, enter a title for the topic and click Save. A description is optional.

Note: If you want to limit access to this topic to teachers and administrators, click Teachers/Administrators Only. You can change this setting at any time.

Once a topic is created, teachers can create threads devoted to specific assignments or subtopics related to the overall discussion. To create a thread:

  1. Click a previously created topic and click Create Thread.
  2. In the Create Community Thread window, enter a title for the thread and the thread content. You can use the standard text editing buttons to format your text, if desired. The thread is displayed as part of the topic it relates to.
  3. When you have finished entering the text for your thread, click Post.

Monitoring Discussions in the Community

Your view of the community includes various options in the left navigation panel and a discussion space in the center panel.
In addition to being able to lock or delete a thread or post, a teacher can also set specific access permissions for an individual thread. This feature is handy if you need to restrict a thread to a specific class and/or student, but still want the Community discussion to be available to others. To restrict thread access to a selected class or student:

  1. Open the thread you want to restrict.
  2. Select the check box to the left of the thread title, then click Access.
  3. In the Edit Thread Access window, select the class or student you want to grant thread access to. Be aware that making any selection in the Edit Thread Access window activates permissions across the whole group. Selecting only one group means that only that group will have access to the thread. Any unchecked users in the window will not have access.
  4. Click Save Changes.
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10:06, 25 Apr 2017

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