Back when I was a college professor teaching teachers to use computers, I used discourse to teach my courses. Here’s a syllabus. I had a handful of scripts that did things like using badges to assign grades to a spreadsheet that I was then able to upload to the CMS’s gradebook.
I really liked it because all student work was public and when people had trouble with an assignment, I’d re-work the assignment during the course, which, were I to write such papers anymore, I’d argue made it possible to get several year’s worth of course improvements in a single semester.
This sounds pretty great. We typically have this approach for the non-confidential discussions but with the industry our client is responsible for training, we want to make learning progress highly trackable for each individual member/group (along with metrics) while maintaining a forum as well. Hence the idea of LMS combined with Discourse. The client will procure experts based on the many topics.
I will brainstorm on how to use your approach in some other community plans we have. This is very well thought out and I see the value for driving engagement. Thanks @pfaffman!