Professor: Creating Discussions (New Top Hat)

Top Hat’s discussions module is incredibly versatile, allowing you to ask students subjective and interpretive questions that may not have a simple or absolute answer, gaining real-time feedback during lectures by allowing students to seek clarification, and facilitating dialogue between students, to name just a few!

To create a discussion question, click on the blue Create button in the upper left hand corner of your screen. A pop-up menu will appear and you’ll simply want to select the Discussion option.

From there you will be provided w/ the discussion building framework. You’ll want to begin by inputting a unique title for your discussion, and of course the discussion topic itself.

You can now decide if you’d like to award participation grades for student discussion responses. These will be allocated automatically to any student who responds to the discussion, regardless of the quality of their response. Assigning correctness grades isn't currently available, but it's in the works for an upcoming release!

Lastly, you can decide who can view the discussion and what level of anonymity you’d like to apply.

Responses can be seen by Participants are anonymous to Discussion Style
Everyone No one

Open - Students will be able to see each others' responses and see who said what.

Everyone Participants only

Open (students cannot see names) - Students will be able to see other students' responses, but will not be able to see who said what. You can still see which student submitted what.

Everyone Everyone

Anonymous - You will not be able to see what individuals answered, and this discussion cannot be graded. Students can see other students' submissions, but not who said what. The anonymous setting cannot be changed after the discussion is created.

Professor only Participants only

Answer Submission - Students will not be able to see other students' responses.

Professor only Everyone

Anonymous - You will not be able to see what individuals answered, and this discussion cannot be graded. Students cannot see other student' submissions. The anonymous setting cannot be changed after the discussion is created.

When you’re happy with the discussion you have created simply click Save in the bottom right corner.

Your newly created discussion will appear at the bottom of your course dashboard to be added to a folder or even embedded into your slide presentation if you choose.


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