Posting in Discussions

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Post a New Topic

  1. Click on the name of the discussion forum where you are required to contribute.
  2. Click on the New Topic button (available at the top and bottom of the forum screen)
  3. Fill out the form that appears… and click on Post.

Note: If you don’t have the option to start a new topic, it’s because your instructor has set it up for you to contribute to existing topics. 

Posting a Topic

Subject: Try to type a very short, but descriptive subject line.

Message: Type your contribution to the discussion in the text area. You can also paste from Word.

Attach: User may attach documents to your message. Click the “Attach” button at the bottom of the screen. The software allows you to upload most standard attachments. You may upload up to three attachments when posting a topic. The default upload limit is 100MB in total for all three files. 

After you attach files, you must click on “Post” to post your message with its attachments.

(Note, when you click on the Attach button, it appears under the Post / Attach Files bar. You’ll have to scroll down to see it).

Preview:  You may preview your topics, replies or private messages by clicking on the Preview button.

Post: This will post the new topic to the forum.

To cancel your operation, just click on the Back button of your browser, or the Discussion Home links at the top of the forum. If you don’t click on Post, your topic won’t get posted.

Once you post your message, you will be taken back to the forum you were posting to and you will see your topic posted.

Replying to Topics

‘Post Reply’ is appropriate when you are contributing to an existing topic (top level). You are simply adding your thoughts on an existing discussion topic rather than replying to portion of a member’s reply.

  1. Click on the forum and then the topic you wish to reply to.
  2. Click the Post Reply (located at the top or bottom of the forum).
  3. Your reply will be posted at the end of the topic. The original topic is listed first, and all subsequent replies are listed below it in chronological order.

Here is the location of the reply button at the top….

And, at the bottom of the topic page….

Quick Reply

You may also click on Quick Reply at the bottom of the screen to post a reply. This is very useful if you don’t need to style your reply, but you want to post a quick reply to someone and move on. The Quick Reply link gives you a small, plain window to compose and post a reply. 

If the discussion gets too long, then Etudes breaks it up into separate pages for easier loading and adds navigation links at the bottom and on the forums listing page by the topic – as in 1 – 2 – 3 – Next.  So, if you are adding to a long topic, your contribution will be added on the last page.

Reply with Quote

Reply with quote is a feature located in the upper right corner of the message window. It is critical to use if you are responding to a portion of someone’s message. This works very much like when you are responding to email and you are embedding comments inline someone’s writing. Like in email, you should remove the parts of the message that are irrelevant to what you want to comment on, and leave just the phrase or sentence that you want to focus your reply on.

Be sure to leave the original message around the [quote=user] and [/quote], intact, as in the following example. Add your reply after the [/quote] tag.

After you post your reply, it will look like this:

Whether you reply with quote or simply post a reply, your message will be posted at the bottom of the topic in chronological order. That is why it is critical that you use reply with quote if you want to address a specific comment so that it is framed in a border, helping others see what you are answering to.

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