When you create a private class on LabXchange, we encourage you to take advantage of the in-class discussion forum. Online discussion is a great way to build collaboration and allow students to extend their thinking through discussion.
Threaded discussions allow students to reply to each other, build on their responses, and remain in conversation online. Online discussions have their own benefits. They allow students to engage at their own pace, on their own time; look up words and figures before posting; and take the time to carefully formulate a response. They also allow you to review the discussion whenever convenient for you.
If you and your students don't typically use online discussions, it may be helpful to establish ground rules for participation as well as appropriate behavior. This will set the tone for the discussion forum and show that the online discussions should be taken as seriously as in-class discussions. You may want to start off by posting an ice-breaker topic, just as you might on the first day of class.
Don't be shy about participating in your students' discussions. Comment on student posts, and give feedback and encouragement to your students. This helps build a sense of community in the online space.
On LabXchange, users can edit or delete their own discussion responses. Educators can message students directly to request that they delete their responses. Users can also report responses; in that case, the report will be reviewed and, if necessary, removed as soon as possible.
To report a comment in a thread, click on the reporting menu in the lower right (the three vertical dots to the left of "Reply." Then, select "Report."
Please note that threads cannot be deleted, only edited.