As of May 2022, Ed Discussion is available to all Penn faculty, staff, and students. A Canvas integration is available for all courses taught through Penn Canvas.
On This Page
- How Do I Get Access to Ed Discussion?
- Add Ed Discussion to Canvas
- Using Ed Discussion as an Instructor
- Using Ed Discussion as a Student
- Getting Help
Ed Discussion is a discussion tool that provides a platform for students and instructors to interact through threaded discussions. Students can answer one another’s questions, work on and run code together, embed videos, annotate images, and share documents.
Instructors can endorse student responses. Students can like one another’s posts, post anonymously, and receive instructor feedback all in one place.
Ed Discussion’s features foster community and peer learning. Additionally, students may opt to use Ed Discussion to ask questions about the course, which could reduce emails to the instructor.
Ed Discussion is highly customizable with categories for certain questions or threads and an easy-to-use search and filter tool.
How Do I Get Access to Ed Discussion?
If you are using Ed Discussion in a course that will not use Canvas, you may log in with your Penn email address at edstem.org/us/login.
Add Ed Discussion to Canvas
To add Ed Discussion to a Canvas course site, please submit a request to email@example.com or use the following instructions:
- Click Settings from your course navigation menu.
- Click the Navigation tab near the top of the page.
- Locate the Ed Discussion link, and drag it into the “Drag and drop items to reorder them in the course navigation” list. Alternatively, you can click the three vertical dots on the right of the button and select Enable.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save. This will add the link to the course menu.
Using Ed Discussion as an Instructor
The Quick Start Guide provides an excellent preview of the appearance and functionality of discussion threads in Ed Discussion.
For more detailed guides, please log in to Ed Discussion, select your region, and then go to Help with Using Ed Discussion. If you are already logged into your Ed Discussion Dashboard, click on the person icon found in the upper right corner of the screen and click Help.
Using Ed Discussion as a Student
Students can answer one another’s questions, work on and run code together, embed video, annotate images, and share documents. Many instructors prefer that you use Ed Discussion to ask questions instead of emailing them directly so the whole class can benefit from the question. When posting a question, you can select Post Anonymously so only the instructor can see who is asking.
Ed Discussion allows for many filtering preferences. Students can favorite threads, filter by most recent thread, or by category of question, such as seeing all questions pertaining to lectures. The discussion board is also searchable.
Understanding Thread Icons
- Threads with a blue dot are unread. These are threads that you have not seen.
- Threads with a green checkmark are questions that have been resolved. This means that the question has already been answered.
- Threads with a purple pin have been pinned. Pinned threads are generally reserved for announcements or important information.
- Threads with a blue ribbon have been endorsed by course instructors. This is usually done by instructors to distinguish high-quality content.