When would I use Focused Discussions?

Focused Discussions are relatively short-lived interactions that tend to "disappear" as the course progresses, such as a weekly forum for questions related to that week's activities.

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Use a Focused Discussion for single posts and related comments. One discussion leader typically posts a message and multiple learners comment on it. Participants may leave a side comment to a reply, but cannot develop the conversation beyond two layers of nesting.

Focused Discussions might also be used to:

  • answer a single question
  • share resources amongst peers
  • collect results from a simple research activity
  • share solutions to a single problem
  • correct misconceptions
  • clarify course policies
  • get feedback on a work in progress
  • share insights about a single reading

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