The Discussions tool provides an area for collaboration and communication, allowing learners to post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files and work with peers or colleagues.
View the D2L Discussions Tool Guide Here
When students submit work to a Submission folder, you can assess and provide feedback on that work in Submission folder. There are several feedback options that allow you to tailor your feedback to your students' needs.
The text box works best for feedback that applies to the entire document a student submitted. For example, if a student is submitting a brief reflection, you may only need to provide a few sentences of written feedback. In this case, the best practice is to view and read the document in D2L and enter your feedback in the textbox.
Below the "Feedback" text box, there's a Record Audio button that allows you to record up to 60 seconds of you talking to your students. This feature is useful when you want students to hear the inflection in your voice to support the feedback you're providing.
If you're grading a more substantive assignment, you may want to provide feedback to students within their texts (for example, using Microsoft Word's track changes and commenting tools). To do this, you'll need to download the student's document, save it on your computer, provide feedback, and then upload the edited document using the Add a File button below the "Feedback" text box.
Once you've provided feedback, you can publish it to students right away. Some prefer to click Save Draft for all students until they're ready to publish the feedback for all at the same time.
Quizzes help you to evaluate student progress and provide feedback quickly. Learn more about how to evaluate student learning using the quiz tool here.