Which system am I using?
You may be using the Old LoudCloud if you see a purple/blue menu bar or if your url starts with lc-trad1.gcu.edu, lc-ugrad3.gcu.edu, or lc-grad3.gcu.edu.
You may be using the New LoudCloud (also referred to as the LMS) if your menu dropdown is on the left side or if your url starts with lms-trad.gcu.edu, lms-ugrad.gcu.edu, or lms-grad.gcu.edu.
Depending on your modality (online or ground), you may be required to answer graded discussion questions. There are differences in how you would do so between our new LMS and the previous versions of LoudCloud.
Start at the Dashboard of your class and select the DQ you would like to respond to.
Once at the Discussion Question details page, click the Reply button.
At the bottom of the page, a new section will load for you to type your response in. If you would like to attach a file to your response, you can do so by clicking the Browse button. After you are finished writing your response, click Post Reply. If you're not finished, you can always save your response as a draft and finish it later.
Copy/Pasting from Microsoft Word
Many students prefer to write and format their Discussion Questions in Microsoft Word. Please note, when you paste into LoudCloud, the formatting may look strange, but it is still exactly as you wrote it in Microsoft Word - you simply need to post your response to see what it looks like. You do not need to edit your Discussion Question within LoudCloud to make it look like it did in Microsoft Word, because then the formatting will be thrown off further.
Here is a breakdown of the icons found in the LoudCloud discussion forums!
This icon indicates that this is a substantive post. That means your instructor has given you participation credit for your post. This icon won’t ever appear next to your initial reply to the discussion question. Note that the icon doesn’t mean you’ve received full participation points. Always be sure to check your grade book for your grade and instructor feedback!
This icon means that the post was posted by the instructor.
This icon means your initial response to the discussion question has not been graded yet.
This icon means that your initial response to the discussion question has been graded.
This icon means you liked a post.
This icon is just like Facebook and means that either your instructor or a fellow classmate liked your post. The number next to the thumbs up indicates that number of people that have liked your post.
This icon indicates that you have flagged a post. This is used to make a post more visible upon returning to a forum.
If you're not ready to publicly post your response to your discussion question, you can save your current progress as a draft. To save your post as a draft, click the Save as Draft button. Your post will be saved into the forum, but only you will be able to see it.
You can locate your draft post at the very bottom of the discussion forum. The post will have a [Draft] tag to the right of the title. To edit your response, locate the draft post and click Edit. You can continue to edit your post as a draft for 24 hours. Once 24 hours have passed, the post will no longer be editable, but rest assured that you are the only one who can see it!
In LoudCloud, there are two different types of Discussion Forum posts: New Topic or Reply.
New Topic allows you to post a new topic of conversation. The option to post a New Topic is located within the Individual Forum, Team Forums, and the Questions to Instructor Forums.
New Topic posts cannot be deleted.
A Reply is a response to any post in the Forums.
You can delete your own Reply, unless:
- Your post has already been graded by your instructor;
- You replied to your instructor or a classmate and your instructor has marked your post as substantive;
- Your instructor or a classmate has replied to your post; or
- 24 hours have passed since the post was made (This rule applies to online classes only. Students taking classes in lc-trad1.gcu.edu do not have this restriction).
To delete your forum Reply, return to the Discussion Forum and click on the post you would like to remove. The Delete button will be visible if your post can be deleted. Simply click Delete.
New LoudCloud (LMS)
The Forums tab allows for easy communication with your instructor and other 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.
You will often be required to answer graded discussion questions. Once you are in the Forums section, begin by clicking on the discussion question to which you would like to respond.
After you click a discussion question, you will be able to see the content of the question. To reply to the discussion question, click Reply.
Once you have typed your response, you may either click Post Reply, Save as a Draft, or Cancel. When you save your post as a draft, it is only visible to you. It will be available for you to edit for the next 24 hours.
You can determine if a post was made by your instructor, 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
Once you post a reply for a discussion question, you will have the options to Edit or Delete your post. You will not be able to edit or delete your post if:
- Your post has been graded by the instructor
- Your post has been marked as substantive
- A student or instructor has replied to your post
- The post was made over 24 hours prior
The Private Forum allows for private communication between yourself and the instructor or a classmate. You may ask questions in the Private Forum that you wish for only the instructor to see.
To initiate a discussion with an instructor or classmate, click New Topic in the upper right-hand corner.
After selecting the student or staff 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 may Edit or Delete a topic if it has not been replied to.
The Questions to Instructor Forum allows for class-wide communication. Topics in this forum are visible to all instructors 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.
You may also Edit or Delete a topic if it has not been replied to.