Forum discussion in Brightspace

The Discussions tool in Brightspace facilitates discussions between students. Students can also exchange files and provide feedback for one another. This can be done in either an open environment or an environment that can only be accessed for certain groups of students. Student responses can be linked to a Grade item in order to assess them.

The functions of Discussions

  • Facilitate contact between group members in a closed-off Discussion Topic.
  • Let students post messages anonymously.
  • Organize a simple mode of peer feedback.
  • Assess posts.
  • Monitor discussions.


There are multiple manuals available about creating and using Discussions.


Your faculty’s Teaching Information Point can help you with the use of Discussions in your education.