Brown now has an official partnership with Ed Discussion as the university’s centrally supported Online Discussion Platform. Ed Discussion scales class communications by allowing students to ask questions, answer each other’s questions, and bring attention to pertinent questions for teaching assistants and faculty to answer. Faculty can endorse correct student answers, post announcements, and facilitate transparent course-wide communication.
- Ed Discussion is available with a Brown Canvas site as well as outside of Canvas by visiting https://edstem.org/us/.
- To activate Ed Discussion in a Canvas site, navigate to the site and click on Settings. Click the Navigation tab at the top of the Settings page. Then click and drag Ed Discussion from the bottom section of hidden tools to the top section of visible tools. Click Save.
- Ed Discussion has provided an instructor guide to walk through how to use the platform. NOTE: users must be logged into the platform to access this guide. Once logged into Ed Discussion via Canvas, the Getting Started guide can be found by clicking on the "Account" icon in the top right. Select "help" from the drop down menu to access the guide.
- Instructors can direct students to this Quick Start Guide to help them use the platform for the first time.
Watch the onboarding workshop
Things to note
Is Ed Discussion an Accessible platform? Unlike other discussion platforms, the complete, fully-featured Ed Discussions platform is WCAG 2.0 AA Compliant.
Do instructors need to use Canvas to use Ed Discussion in a course? While Ed Discussion can be synced with Canvas to acquire course rosters, instructors may choose to use the platform without a corresponding Canvas course.
Instructors can email Digital Learning & Design (firstname.lastname@example.org) to communicate with Brown's instructional designers and technologists regarding Ed Discussions or submit requests for support.