Why do students or faculty use Discord?
Several students have been using discord prior to online classes so for them there is a sense of familiarity within the program. In terms of safety and security Discord does have the “Add a friend” context you can use or if you want a larger collaborative space without adding many people, Discord offers people a way to do so.
You can create personal “Channels” within Discord. You, as the owner/creator of the Channel, could make it a public or private channel. With a private channel, people cannot join unless they have an invitation link in which to join.
Within your channel, you can make ‘sub’ channels within your space. For example, you can have a channel going for people to exchange story ideas or test prep talk. If students or faculty wish to have groups talk and converge in smaller groups, the Channel Admin/creator can have a place just for those group members to talk and plan without anyone else seeing it as well. You can also create ‘sub’ video and voice channels for those group members to talk.
Still, want everyone to collaborate in the larger/full class? You can have people on that video and voice chat as well. It is highly customizable for users.
[Above] (This is an example study group one created)