Let students know if you are going to be away from the computer for longer than 24 hours.
Guest speaker examples – Fill out a the form for adding non-enrolled users to your course, located under the faculty tab, at least 48 hours before the guest is supposed to appear in your course - http://www.mtsu.edu/d2lsupport.
Adding a guest speaker to your course will allow the guest speaker to appear on the discussion board with his/her actual name attached to the posting.
Secondly, the instructor can receive honest (and sometimes brutal) feedback about the course itself and about the instruction.
They allow the instructor to play "student". Instructors can seed the field a little by posting a "student" question about material he/she knows students will have trouble understanding, if someone hasn't done it already. The instructor can then answer the question as themselves, signing the response posting.
The Dropbox organizes user submissions – allowing the instructor to grade submissions online or download submissions for grading offline.
One dropbox should be set up for each assignment. (Do not set up one dropbox for the course.)
Multiple dropboxes can be set up for each assignment. (First draft – final submission) This is particularly important if you are using the TurnItIn tool to check for originality. If using the TurnItIn Tool the first draft should not be submitted to the paper database so it should be submitted to its own drop box.
Several submissions for the same assignment can be submitted to the same drop box. If you are not using the TurnItIn tool at all or is you are not submitting the paper to the paper database but using TurnItIn to add comments to papers or if you are using the rubric tool to provide feedback.