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Discord is a proprietary freeware VoIP application and digital distribution platform designed for video gaming communities, that specializes in text, image, video and audio communication between users in a chat channel. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, and in web browsers. Using Discord, instructors and teaching assistants can interact and help a student at any time including outside of regular business hours with a students homework assignment. It also allows students to help each other while under the supervision of an instructor. It also increases engagement and fraternizing between everyone involved. While UNLV Canvas and other discussion boards already allow student interaction. The technology of message boards and threads is outdated and a very slow way to exchange information which is why social media has transcended to using instant messaging systems like Discord.
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Discord in the classroom
Fonseca Cacho, Jorge, "Using Discord to Improve Student Communication, Engagement, and Performance" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 95.