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Drexel Learn Discussion Board

Discussion boards allow members of the class to communicate asynchronously with one another.

A discussion board contains several forums created by the course instructor to organize conversation topics. Within each forum, instructors and students (if they are allowed) create threads. A thread includes the original post and all of its replies.

The main discussion board page provides a global view of all forums, as well as how many total posts, unread posts and total participants there are for each forum.

You can collect messages onto one page to facilitate review. You can also “flag” important posts and allow for peer rating of responses.

You may also grade forums and determine how many posts need to be created in a forum before the “Needs Grading” prompt appears in the Grade Center.


Some instructors will enable the ability to subscribe to discussion forums.  When you opt to subscribe to a forum, you'll receive an email notification whenever a post is made.  However, in order to respond to the message, you need to access the course in Learn and make your reply on the discussion forum itself.  Replying to the email message will not send your response to the discussion forum.

Pasting from External Sources

While it is best to compose your message directly inside the content editor, many users prefer to compose initial drafts of their content in an external program, such as Microsoft Word.  The content editor supports copying and pasting from external sources.  When pasting from an external source, users will be presented with an option to Keep Formatting or Remove Formatting.  When electing to remove formatting, some formatting, such as formatting that is handled by basic html including bold, underline, italics, bullets lists, etc., will still remain.  Selecting the option to keep formatting will attempt to retain as much of the original formatting as possible.

It is always recommended to make a copy of your content prior to pressing submit, to prevent any loss of work due to connectivity issues.