Our Project

We are creating a new social forum for students in UBC Medical Genetics to engage in discussions. Teachers will be able to participate in discussions and evaluate the quality of student discussion. Patients and community members will also participate in this forum to share their experiences with various conditions in the forum.

This project is part of UBC Medical Genetics curriculum renewal program to improve student learning outcomes with online active learning components.


This project is built on top of Discourse, an open source community platform. Here are some of the features we've added to the platform to make it more suitable for a learning community:

  • A feedback system for student questions
  • The ability for users to post questions
  • Marking questions posted as resolved
  • Student, Instructor, Community user roles to differentiate different participants
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