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Keep the conversation going: launching our latest remote teaching and learning tool, Compass Discussions

Eliza Powerlett - Product Owner
A brand new tool to enable classroom collaboration

The progress school communities across Australia have made adapting to remote teaching and learning is nothing short of astonishing. Each week seems to throw up new challenges, but educators and school leaders (not to mention parents and students!) stand steadfast in the face of uncertainty. At the height of the coronavirus pandemic over 90,000 activities were created within our Learning Tasks module per week, a trend that has continued to date, resulting in Compass becoming the most used SIS platform for supporting remote education in Australia.

During this period we have spent a lot of time exploring ways we can continue to assist our schools through these challenges and beyond, working hard on updates to functionality and brand new features alike. Today we are excited to take this work one step further, with the launch of Discussions.

What is Discussions?

Discussions allows students and their teachers to have conversations in a forum-like environment within Compass. Teachers can instigate classwide discussions on topics without requiring all participants to be online at the same time, while students can seek clarity from teachers and their classmates on coursework. You might not all be in the classroom together, but Discussions allows you to collaborate as if you were.

Discussions is brilliant for:

  • Running a brainstorming discussion around a new topic or issue.
  • Ensuring all students contribute - not just the loudest voices in the class.
  • Answering student queries about an assigned task and sharing them with the whole class.
  • Managing book clubs and other extracurricular activities.

Want to take a look at Discussions in use? Check out a quick demo!

To help support schools through the COVID-19 remote learning period, Compass is enabling this module free of charge for the first three months (before September 1st, 2020).

Get in touch with the team to get started today.



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