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Brightspace: Discussions


The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials and ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and/or homework.


  1. First, within the Lessons page, tap a discussions tile (indicated by chat icon and/or “Discussion” text in title) to open.
    The lessons accordion style menu structure is shown with an arrow pointing to a discussion item.
  2. Then review the instructions for this topic and tap “Discussion Board Rubric” for details on how you will be graded.
  3. Next, a majority of discussion threads will not be visible until you have created your initial response (discussion thread). To create a discussion thread, tap the Start a New Thread button and complete the following steps:
    The bottom area of a discussion is shown with an arrow pointing to the Start a New Thread button.
    1. First, insert text for the Subject line.
    2. Next, insert text in the open text area below the Subject line. Use the top editor tools to add formatting, links, pictures or videos as desired. Then use the bottom tools to check spelling, use HTML and more.
    3. Then expand Add Attachments to include a file with this post. You may upload, record or choose an existing file.
    4. Finally, tap Post to submit your discussion thread.
      The form to start a discussion thread is shown. An arrow points to the post button at the bottom of the form.

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Last updated on August 17, 2020

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