The Forums allow for communication and engagement with your students. To access the Forums, select Forums in the Connect tab on the Navigation Menu.
There are three types of forums:
- Discussion Question,
- Private Forum, and
- Questions to Instructor Forum.
Students are often required to answer discussion questions. By selecting a discussion question, you can view all student participation post replies to that question. To grade a discussion question, click on the post you want to enter a grade for within the Discussion Question Forum, then click in the space to the right of Points.
Enter the score and a comment, then choose Save or Save & Publish. When you publish the grade, it will be visible to the student.
If you select Save & Publish, a pop-up message will confirm you are ready to publish the points.
You also have the ability to mark posts as substantive. Keep in mind that only replies to other posts can be marked as substantive.
To mark a post as substantive, open the reply and select the Yes option in the bottom right corner.
You can determine if a post was made by you, if it has been graded, or if it was marked as substantive by the following icons:
Post was made by instructor
Post has been marked as substantive
Post has been graded
The Private Forum allows for private 1-1 communication between faculty and student, and student to student in the same class. Faculty have administrative oversight over all posts housed in the Private Forum.
To initiate a discussion with a faculty or student, click New Topic in the upper right-hand corner.
After selecting the student or faculty you would like to contact, you must enter a Title and Description; if desired, you may attach a file to your message. To send the message, click Submit.
You can arrange the message by who last made a post in the forum.
The Questions to Instructor Forum allows for class-level communication. Topics in this forum are visible to all faculty and students in the class.
To initiate a discussion, click New Topic in the upper right-hand corner.
You must enter a Title and Description; if desired, you may attach a file to your message. To send the message, click Submit.
The Class Mail function is a way to communicate with students by emailing their GCU email addresses. This option is available by opening the navigation menu and selecting Class Mail.
Select the Compose option to open a new email text box. From here you can select which students you would like to email.
You have a record of emails that you've already sent by clicking the Sent Item(s) option.