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Discussion Posts - Multiple Due Dates for Multiple Responses

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I often assign discussion forums in which students are not only to respond to a question/prompt and then they are to respond to classmates' responses.  The problem is that I can only set one due date for this assignment.  The problem that arises is that so many students wait until the last minute to post their INITIAL response that the responsible students who choose to work in advance (or just work before the very last minute) don't have sufficient classmates to respond to.

Because all of the responses are for the same assignment, and the students need to see all of each other's responses, I cannot split these assignments up into two assignments with two due dates and two separate grades in the gradebook.

This would be a great fix - could a discussion forum have the option for MULTIPLE due dates if multiple responses are required?  Therefore, students could be pushed (and penalized) to get their first response in on time for their classmates, and the subsequent responses can then be due on the final due date.

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    Alexander Kirby

    Other LMS have this feature.  They just need to let you set a Due Date for both Posts and a Due Date for Replies.  You set the Due Date for Posts 2 or 3 days before the Replies Due Date and everything is fine.

     

    The road map doesn't seem to have anything like this right now.

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    Todd Slater

    Yes, we need this feature as well. We have students managing multiple discussions and keeping track across classes of when initial post is due vs responses is difficult.

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    Dr. Pfau

    I was going to use Schoology in just this way and am now super bummed that this option isn't available. How am I going to get students to follow through? Does anyone know if Canvas has this feature?  I may need to switch to something that is workable.

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    Alexander Kirby

    Schoology does have a feature that requires students to Post before they can see other student's Posts.  It doesn't directly fix this issue, but it helps.

     

    I think Canvas does have this feature.

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    Dr. Pfau

    I watched a video about Canvas's discussion and it didn't seem to have the option in question. It also didn't seem to have the student highlight feature. At least those things weren't apparent in the tutorial. Schoology still seems to be the better choice for me of those two. Which is a relief, because I didn't want to spend all that time switching over! The Canvas Speedgrader does seem to have some good features, though. But like everything, there are pros/cons.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPrVhElLn1w

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjF7lhoF5RA

     

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