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Setting Up Yellowdig Discussions

Updated: Nov 1, 2021


Dr. Tawnya Means, Assistant Dean of University of Nebraska-Lincoln

A start-up guide authored by Dr. Tawnya Means (Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). This guide may be freely copied, modified, and distributed — with attribution to Dr. Means — for your university context and your LMS.


Yellowdig is a social learning platform designed to support student engagement in discussions around content relevant to your course. This platform allows students to share videos, articles, and other web-based content. The configurable grading supports instructor creation of automatic grading based on the number of words in pins and comments, likes, instructor badges, and even allows you to require students to participate consistently over the entire semester.


Yellowdig is available to all instructors to add to their Canvas course site or any other LMS. Here are a few simple steps to set Yellowdig up (this should take less than 30 minutes).


While a faculty member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Means shared her experiences using Yellowdig during a webinar and in a panel presentation.


Getting Started with Your Yellowdig Community for your Virtual Classroom

To Enable Yellowdig Engage in Canvas

  1. Go to Settings in your course.

  2. Click the Navigation tab.

  3. Drag up the Yellowdig Engage tool to the course navigation or click Enable.

  4. Don’t forget to Save the settings.

To Configure Yellowdig


Yellowdig can be set to automatically grade student participation.


You will create one (and only one) Yellowdig assignment in your Canvas course. (Unlike a traditional discussion board with threads, Yellowdig is your community gathering place):


1. Go to Canvas Assignments and click to add a new assignment.


2. Name the assignment. I recommend that you name the assignment Activate Yellowdig Discussions at the beginning of the course, then edit and rename the assignment Yellowdig Discussions after the first week so it makes more sense in the grade book.