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Things More Productive Than Canvas Discussion Boards

It’s time to talk about Canvas discussion boards, folks.

More likely than not, you’ve had a class at Penn State that’s required you to use infamous tools to interact with other classmates and professors. At the same time, you’ve probably realized that these discussion boards are absolutely brutal.

They’re home to some of the most forced and cringe-worthy conversations you’ll ever see, and they’re pretty pointless and aren’t productive at all. Most students (and we don’t blame them) just say something along the lines of, “Awesome post! I really enjoyed reading your response!”

It needs to end.

To put their awful nature in perspective, we compiled a list of things likely to be more productive than Canvas discussion boards.

Watching Joe Paterno’s Milano Bread Commercial On Loop

Joe Paterno’s Milano Bread commercial is a must-watch for new viewers. While viewing it over and over again may seem a bit boring, listening to the incredible nature of Milano Bread is far and away a better way to spend your time than on a discussion board.

Arguing Which Side Of The Library Is The Front

Many here at Penn State like to debate which side of the library is the front (it’s clearly Pattee Mall). The argument can often become stagnant because the person you’re arguing with is just so damn stubborn. However, what may be seen as an unproductive conversation is nothing compared to the atrocious discussion boards.

Trying To Schedule On LionPATH At Midnight

Picture this: You’re sitting in your room, it’s 11:59 p.m., and you’re one minute away from scheduling for the next semester. The clock strikes midnight, and you’re left with an error on your laptop.

You don’t have to picture it. It’s already happened! While this may be frustrating, at least you’re not exchanging awkward and forced conversation with one of your classmates on Canvas.

Zoom Breakout Rooms

Speaking of awkward and forced, it’s time to talk about Zoom breakout rooms. However, there’s nothing like the adrenaline rush that you get when you hear your professor say something like, “All right, class. I’m going to split you up into breakout rooms.”

When you hear those words, you have a matter of seconds to get yourself together to look somewhat presentable. The other and more popular option is to just sit there in silence with your camera off and microphone muted. At least you have choices!

Attempting To Make An Appointment On Campus Rec’s Website

As Onward State’s resident fitness expert tool bag, I would know the struggle of trying to get an appointment in one of the on-campus gyms (Editor’s Note: Did you know Gabe works out?). Despite the website constantly freezing or glitching out, there’s at least a shot you’ll get lucky every now and then.

With discussion boards, there’s just no upside (except your grades, of course).

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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