Comments provide a powerful way to drive discussion around content in your Box account. Use comments to request feedback from others, make notes to yourself, notify others of updates to a file, and a variety of other social interactions.
You can view comments in the Preview page of a file within the sidebar to the right, or post your own in the "Write a comment" box at the bottom. Collaborators in that folder can reply directly to a comment or add their own comments.
To communicate with a student:
This message will also stay with the file or folder on which you’ve commented, giving context for others coming to work with this information.
Note: When @-mentioning, the person to whom you are directing the message must already be a collaborator in the folder.
Here’s another way you can use Box to tame the email beast and get your inbox under control: assigning tasks. Example: Instead of shooting your coworker an email asking for quick feedback on a file, consider creating a task for them to keep the whole process right in one centralized location.
This feature allows you to assign a task to yourself, and/or your Collaborators.
To create a task:
Note: You can only assign tasks to existing collaborators in the folder. If you would like to assign a task to a person who is not already a collaborator, you will first need to invite them to join the folder, then assign the task.
When you assign a task to a collaborator, that person automatically receives an email reminder 24 hours before the due date you assigned.
Only the creator of the task can edit or delete a task.
To edit or delete a task:
If you have been assigned a task you will receive an email notification containing a link to go directly to the task. Additionally, in the title bar at the top of your Box account window, you can click the clipboard icon to see any open tasks assigned to you.
To complete the task, select the Mark as Complete, Approve, or Reject option, depending on the type of the task.
SIX TIPS FOR ONLINE DISCUSSIONS
Creating a simple yet clear and logical forum structure before class begins will make them more usable and, consequently, more conducive to sustained conversations. Consider organizing forums by unit, topic or some other sensible measure.
You can help set the stage for civil and respectful discussions by creating clear expectations for student behavior. Establish some basic rules of forum etiquette.
When instructors and teaching staff participate frequently in online discussions, the quality of student participation often improves dramatically. Taking part in the conversation demonstrates how much you value it.
Students often use discussion forums to pose questions or report problems, and waiting days for a response can be frustrating.
Discussion forums constitute a vital social and intellectual community. Most of the time this community is self-regulating, but on occasion something goes wrong. Be prepared to intervene.
Discussion forums provide students with spaces that are, in many ways, their own. Consider online discussions a flexible, open environment where you and your students can meet.