Follow Up Friday

September 22, 2023

In Case You Missed It

Setting Up A Discussion Board

Creating a discussion board is a great tool to promote online conversation and collaboration. You can use a discussion board to answer questions your students have, grade student written responses, and facilitate student interaction.

Log into your online Canvas Course Page. To create a discussion, select the Discussions in the left navigation panel, and click the +Discussion button at the top right corner of your screen. You are able to add a title and any additional instructions in the text box.

There are numerous ways to customize the settings. You can set the discussion board to anonymous so that students’ names are not shown in their posts, as long as you don’t intend to grade it. Additionally, you can check mark the box “users must post before seeing others posts” to put all students on an equal playing field for the first contribution. You might allow liking so that students can add a thumbs up to classmate’s posts.

Once you are finished creating and editing the post, you can set the availability and add a due date if the discussion board is a graded assignment. Click the graded check box in the settings tab.  When you have completed the discussion board make sure to click save and publish so that students will be able to see it.

For a detailed tutorial video, watch this Discussion Board  Overview video.

Upcoming Events

Building Your Course in Canvas (BYCC)

Fridays 1-3PM, September 29 – October 20

Are you planning to teach a new online course or convert a face-to-face (or synchronous) course to an online asynchronous version? Do you want to learn best practices for building a course in Canvas? We have a few spots available for our upcoming workshop Building Your Course in Canvas (BYCC)!

Each session will be divided between the presentation of pedagogy and design principles and hands-on workshop time for instructors to develop their Canvas courses. We will discuss course alignment, engaging learners, and connecting course components while empowering you with the tools you need for a successful online course. Participants who complete the workshop will receive an online badge. 

If you are interested in joining us, please email Jana Radley at

Engaging Discussion Boards

Wednesday September 27, 1:30-2:30 PM

Discussion boards can be the bane of your teaching experience and your student’s learning experience. But with a little care, they can be a compelling source of online engagement that encourages active peer learning. Join this presentation to learn about designing quality discussion board structures and prompts that translate to meaningful learning for your students.

Facilitated by James Butler, Digital Learning Strategist.

Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Workshop Wednesday: Engaging Discussion Boards on September 27th .  

Quick Hits – Course Accessibility for ScreenReaders 

Thursday October 12th, 3:30-4:00 PM

Join this training to have your questions on course accessibility and screenreaders answered. Whether you have a specific question or want an accessibility topic demonstrated, this training opportunity is your time to work with our accessibility coordinator. When registering, choose whether to have a specific topic covered, enter your question, or both. 

Facilitated by Michelle Tuten, Accessibility Coordinator.   

Modality: Virtual and synchronous—an Outlook Calendar invite, with the Zoom link, will be sent.
Registration: Quick Hits: Course Accessibility for Screenreaders on October 12th 
Recording: This training will be recorded.
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Clemson Online Fall 2023 Events Calendar

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Review our Fall 2023 Events Calendar to see what Online Instruction Development opportunities await!

We have a robust Summer lineup of topics and live training formats to support your use of Canvas and other e-learning tools. Topics cover demonstrations of using Kaltura, presentations on inclusive practices for online education, and workshops to get your Canvas site ready to teach!

All of our live training is recorded. Registrants will automatically receive a link to that day’s video after it has been processed.

Contact James Butler with any questions regarding these sessions. 

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