To the right of the News Feed on the Dashboard, you'll see a Discussion area. This area serves as an open discussion zone for users to ask questions and collaborate. As shown in the above visual, below any discussion post you can see anyone who as liked the post, and you can see the first 3 comments. Click the comment icon or the "View Comments" option to view all comments on the discussion.
All users can click to "Start Discussion", which will open the popup shown below. There, you will have the option to ask the question to All Districts or only to My District. If you are a Member of Manager of a School or Cohort, you'll also have the option to start a Discussion only with those users in the "Share discussion with:" dropdown. Note, District-level PL Managers can start and participate in Discussions with all Schools and Cohorts in the district.
The person starting the discussion can choose whether or not to send a notification email if they are starting the discussion with their district or a school or cohort.
Once a discussion has been started, users can "like" and comment on it, just like in the News Feed. Users can subscribe to receive notifications when new comments are added. Any user with access to the Discussion can manually subscribe to or unsubscribe from receiving notifications by manually checking the subscription box at the bottom of the Start Discussion popup, shown above, or the Comments popup, shown below.
You can edit or delete your own discussion comments using the pencil and trash icons at the upper right corner of your comments, and you can direct-reply to another user's comment by clicking the reply icon at the upper-right of their comment. See above image for icon placement. Replying directly to a user's comment will send them a notification email.
The Discussion section by default displays only the five most recently started Discussions that have been shared with you, but you can use the Load More option to see older discussions. To narrow the results, you can use the filter, shown below. The filter will include the default option of All Discussions, Discussions (started by any District) Shared with All Districts, Discussions shared Only with My District, and Discussions started by and shared with a School or Cohort in which you are a Manager or Member.