11.5. Providing Feedback on Contributions

As you read the contributions that other learners and course team members make to discussion topics, you can provide feedback in other ways than writing a complete response or comment.

11.5.1. Feedback Options

When you open a post, response, or comment, the Vote and Follow feedback option icons appear at the top right. Move your cursor over these icons to show the full label.

The "Vote", "Follow", and "More" feedback icons in a post, response, or comment.

Select the “More” icon to show a menu of additional options. Options vary depending on whether the contribution is a post, response, or comment, and on whether you are a learner in the course, or a member of the discussion moderation team.

11.5.2. Vote for Posts or Responses

To provide positive feedback for a post or one of its responses, you can vote for it. Open the post or response, and select the plus sign (+) icon next to the number of Votes. You can only vote for posts added by other discussion participants. You cannot vote for your own posts.

In the discussion navigation pane, you can sort the list of posts so that the posts with the most votes appear at the top. To do this, select the drop-down list of sorting options and select by most votes. For more information about ways to sort the list of discussion topics, see Reading New or Updated Posts.

11.5.3. Follow Posts

If you find a conversation or question particularly interesting, you can follow it so that you can return to it easily.

To follow a post, move your cursor over the star icon for the post, and then select Follow.

Each post that you follow appears with a “Following” indicator in the list of posts.

In the discussion navigation pane, you can list only the posts that you are following, regardless of the discussion topic they apply to. To do this, select All Topics and then select Posts I’m Following.

11.5.4. Answer Questions and Mark Questions as Answered

Anyone in a course can answer questions that are posted in the course discussions. To respond to a question that has been asked by someone else in the course, add a response with your answer to the question post.

If you have received a helpful or correct response to a question that you yourself have asked, you can mark the response as the correct answer. To do this, move your cursor over the check mark icon for the response, and then select Mark as Answer.


The discussion moderation team can mark any response as correct. Learners can only mark responses as correct for their own posts.

After at least one response to a question post is marked as a correct answer, a check mark icon replaces the post’s question mark indicator in the discussion navigation pane.

11.5.5. Report Discussion Misuse

On rare occasions you might come across a discussion contribution that is inappropriate. You can flag any post, response, or comment for a discussion moderator to review. To do so, open the contribution, select More, and then select Report.

The discussion moderation team can investigate any flagged posts, responses, or comments and take the appropriate action.


Only the person who flagged a contribution and the discussion moderation team can see that a contribution has been reported.