How do I use the Discussion element?

The Discussion element is a great way for viewers to interact in a real-time threaded discussion, like a chat room, about what's happening in a video. Viewers can interact with each other and the video in real time by contributing to a discussion and replying to each others comments. Click here to see any example of a lesson including the Discussion element. (Coming soon!)

The Discussion element is meant to be added for a longer segment of a lesson. The element will appear in the right sidebar. When a viewer clicks into the text box to respond to the prompt, the video will automatically pause. 

The discussion element can be added to prompt students to identify points in within a video and comments on them. For example, in a lesson that includes a State of the Union address given by President Clinton, they viewers could be instructed to identify three statements that would upset the opposition, or comment on the actual outcome of an objective that was outlined in the speech. The discussion element could also be used as a more ongoing open text response, or to privately collect information about which parts of the lesson, or lecture, need to be clarified and addressed in more in future lessons.

Under Element Settings, the duration of the discussion element can be adjusted in seconds. When a viewer clicks into the text box to contribute to the discussion, the lesson will automatically pause and a timestamp will be created for their comment. Once the viewer clicks Post, their commentary will be added to the discussion in real time, just like a live chat. While in draft mode, the discussion element's location within the lesson can be adjusted by dragging the yellow block on the timeline. 

Also in the settings, you have the option of hiding all comments from other viewers until a certain date, allowing only the administrators of the lesson to see each viewer's comments. Only Authors of the lesson can delete comments from other viewers. This element can only be added to the right sidebar of the lesson.


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