D2L’s Discussion area allows you to post prompts to which students respond. Students can share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, post their work for peer assessment, or collaborate on assignments.
Yes. To get email notifications about discussion activity, you’ll need to change your subscription settings for the discussion forum. See the Participating in Discussions page for more information.
Yes. First you’ll need to create groups for your students (see the Groups section), then you’ll need to set-up group-restricted discussion topics (see the Setting up Group Discussions page.)