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Ed Discussion is an online threaded discussion platform that allows instructors and students to interact asynchronously by posting text comments and questions, files, and more to discussion forums.

Ed Discussion supports customizable thread filters and categories, anonymous posting, LaTex, image annotation, instructor endorsements, customizable notification settings, data analytics, and runnable code snippets.

Sample screen from Ed Discussion

What can Ed Discussion do?

Ed Discussion can be used for:

  • Q&A discussions, where students can post anonymous questions to peers or the teaching team.
  • Collaboration, where students can work on group projects or study together.
  • Peer review, where students post their work files and give feedback to each other.
  • Back-channel discussion for teaching team members to coordinate their work.
  • Formative feedback, where the instructor provides feedback to specific individuals, groups, or the entire class.

What are some benefits?

Ed Discussion can benefit both instructors and students in a variety of ways:

  • Reduce the number of emails and repeat questions to instructors and the teaching team.
  • Asynchronous access allows more students to participate in discussions.
  • Gives students multiple ways to express ideas with equations, runnable code, annotations, and more.
  • Data analytics can provide useful information to inform the course design.

How can you access Ed Discussion?

Ed Discussion is most commonly accessed from within Canvas for students enrolled in that Canvas course. But it can also be accessed from outside of Canvas for a separate group of users.

To get access to Ed Discussion, send a request to Please tell us:

  1. Whether you want to access Ed Discussion from within Canvas or separately from Canvas.
  2. If from within Canvas, is it for an existing course or for a test course.
  3. If for an existing course, please include the course number (e.g., F21-ECON-101).

How can you get more information?