Participating in Discussions

What is Discuss?

Discuss facilitates asynchronous discussions by allowing students and instructors to post, respond and reply to topic threads.  Discuss is a discussion board built right into the learning objects.

Levels of the Discuss Tool

The following diagram describes the different levels in the discuss tool (topics, responses, replies). 


Here is what they look like inside BlueQuill:



Accessing Discussion Topics

You may access a topic or set of topics through a learning object.  This is the only way to access discussions.

First, locate the learning object that contains the discussion. Click once on the object to open it.

Then, to click on the Discuss button.

This will scroll the interface to the bottom of the object where the discussions are located.


From here, you can review the posts, post responses, and post replies.  You may also create new topics if the instructor has enabled this feature.


How to Participate in a Discussion

Add a response to a topic:

  1. Place your cursor into the plus box (+) below the topic


  1. Place your cursor within the new blank textbox and type your response
  2. Click the Respond to Topic button                                 
  3. Your response will be immediately posted to the topic where your instructor and classmates can see it.


Reply to a response by

  1. Locate the response you want to reply to
  2. Click Reply to this response                                                 
  3. Place your cursor into the new blank text box and type your reply
  4. Click the Reply button                                                            
  5. Your reply will be immediately posted under the response, indented, where your instructor and classmates can see it

How to Locate Notifications

Notifications of posts are available in several locations:

On the Object

Students and Instructors will see notifications on objects that contain discussions. This notification will be displayed for any activity: Topic, Post, Response, and Reply.


On the Discuss button in the Toolbox

On the Topic


Upload an Image

1. Click on the upload image button in the ckeditor to open up the pop-up window for image properties.



2. Click on Upload button, and choose a file (image). Once selected, Send it to the Server. 


3. The next view will let you change the dimensions of the uploaded image. Clicking OK will save the image to the ckeditor.


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    John Flannery

    I have clicked on the Learning Object, then attempted to click on "Discuss" button...however, all this opens up is a listing of students in the class..could you advise..does this mean the "Discuss" feature is not yet activated?

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    Theresa Moore

    I am trying to attach a file to the journal of popular culture discussion board, but the attachment icon is not working. Please advise. Thank you

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    Paul Meeker

    Theresa, I'm sorry you have had issues with attachments in the discuss tool. I have sent you an email asking for more details on the issue so that we can look into it further.

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    Shelene Williams

    I can't remove my attachment from the post. I attached the incorrect document and now I can't remove it. I'm in the edit screen but when I hit the "x" nothing happens.

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    Latonya Harris

    I have tried to attach a file to the discussion board in my course and the attachment icon is not working. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

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    Harold Bashor

    How can I delete empty posts? Can we delete posts at all?

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    Amanda Siddle

    It wont let me post a reply. When I click reply, it adds a blank line and you cannot read my response??

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    Heather Wollett

    When I post a reply, it just adds a blank line. I have replied three times and all it posts are 3 blank lines. Any ideas? Please

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    Barbara Carson

    I am having the same issue - I reply to someone's post, and it adds a blank line. I have replied 10 times.. Please advise... it is ok if I do a new post, or respond to my own original. But if I post to someone else's it is blank. I had to add a word document to the post and it worked.

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