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  • This allows a user to view Q & A forum posts without first posting

(By default a Q and A forum requires students to post once before viewing other students' postings. After the initial posting, students can view and respond to others' postings. This feature allows equal initial posting opportunity among all students, thus encouraging original and independent thinking.)

  • This capability is allowed for the default roles of manager, teacher and non-editing teacher