Can students engage in the "Discussion" part? I mean, for asking for help and such?
I can't see any student posts! :/
I don't think there is a block to keep them from joining the educators forum. I have it on my subscription list and don't have a class. The only restriction I've seen is you can only post to troubleshooting until you get 60 XP in any language or combination of languages I have been wrong before
No, my previous comment was a bit ambiguous. What I meant was that they can block social features for students in their class.
If they did this then the students would not be able to take part in discussions.