Adding the Discussion Forum in a Course

by Sarah Southerland
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We offer a discussion forum for peer and/or instructor interaction through Disqus.

How does it work?
Once you've configured your Disqus account, the students can read and leave comments in the Comments tab.

 

To add the comments forum to your courses, you'll need to configure your Skilljar account with your Disqus shortname. 

Already have a Disqus account?

You will need to reach out to your CSM or to support@skilljar.com to add your integration Key to the theme you are looking to use this on. When reaching out to support, please include the following information:

  • Disqus Shortname ID
    • This can be found in the instructions below in your Disqus settings
  • Theme Name
  • Organization Name

Once this is entered, you can enable the forum on your lessons, by unchecking "hide Disqus" from the lesson settings in a course that you want to display this on.

 

Hide Disqus from a specific lesson

To learn how to hide Disqus so students can't participate in discussion forums on specific lessons, click here.  

New to Disqus?
Sign up for a free Disqus account and find the shortname.  

1. Visit the Disqus site: http://disqus.com/

2. Click “For Websites” (this allows your moderator functionality)

3. After clicking "For Websites", click "Add Disqus to Your Site"

4. Once you have created an account, find the shortname. To find the shortname, select -> Settings -> General -> Site Identity -> Shortname.

 

Note: the "Website Name" field is the name that will display in the course. 

 

 

User experience

A user will be able to expand your Details section in the course and add their comments.

Disqus supports text comments and uploaded images (jpg, jpeg, non-animated gif, and png) up to 2 MB. Videos, documents, etc... can only be linked from the comments section. Learn more about what your users can do here.

SSO with Disqus

If you would like to enable SSO with Disqus, which will automatically log your students into Disqus with their Skilljar student account, you can learn more about that here.

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