How To Delete A Forum Thread In Plato Online Learning

Last week Plato Online released a video showing how to delete posts from Forum Viewer. Our beginner’s guide explains everything you need to know.

How To Delete A Forum Thread In Plato Online Learning

Let’s be honest here: We as students are often burdened with news that cuts on across our mind. The day-to-day grind of business and academics can often leave us thinking of the breakneck pace of the Internet as if we were all lazily turning on our computers and ignoring our commitments to take on cases, do micro-meds, or even grind through homework. And we’ve been pushing through to the end of projects at ridiculous speeds in an effort to make our professors’ day.

So when a headline pops up on a daily basis about a tragic incident about someone (deep breath) being murdered, racially profiled, sexually harassed, tortured, or even killed in a random attack on the street – we’re already disappointed in ourselves for falling asleep at the job. We’re enough to put a dent in our own mental well-being without having to add to our educators’ burden or overwhelm all that we’ve been told for so long is being done in the name of learning.

So when a student comes in who’s been quiet the previous few days, who just finished a project that took days to complete, and has something to say to the professor, it’s something I want to hear about. But sometimes when this happens, it’s hard for the class to find room for that open student voice.

Students can easily get lost in their own world, so I make every effort to make sure students are safe to speak up and share thoughts about what’s happening in their lives and how they feel about the world. To be honest, I don’t look into everything students say either; I prefer to hear them voice something in front of everyone. Sometimes, though, I look for a few days to remove a forum thread before we can make sure everyone’s comfortable.

How do I prevent posts in Plato Online Learning from becoming a distraction?

When I notice that something has gone wrong, I check the class forum to see who’s updating the responses, and then I take a close look at the author.

By the way, Plato Online Learning only allows three unique authors to comment on any thread.

So if there’s a thread that’s blowing up, I usually remove it and put the author’s name in the comments instead. I may not see that this author has accessed the server and linked to the thread; they may not even know they’re there, so I have to have a really good reason. If I put it in front of everyone, then I’ll often get questions from professors – who’s connected? Did they call their students? Does this voice add anything? So then, I’ll try to take the moderator function off the account of this author – yes, I’m done.

There are plenty of similar things I can do to help everyone feel free to express themselves, but you can see a full example here.

There’s one clear explanation to doing this – that this thread says “in a conversation” in the title – but I can’t limit access to editors, but only those who upload and have a note from me that lets them know I don’t want them on the network.

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