Sometimes, instructors express interest in assigning weekly discussions topics and creating weekly assignments that launch Yellowdig. Yellowdig does not support multiple assignment links inside your Learning Management Course, and Yellowdig Communities cannot be split into weekly Communities.
Why? Yellowdig uses a single discussion space for each course to encourage discussion and the building of a learning community over the entire length of a course. Adding additional assignment links will create additional columns in your LMS gradebook. These additional columns will create a cascade of issues with grade passback from Yellowdig to the LMS that may be impossible for anyone (including members of the Yellowdig team) to adequately remediate.
Aside from technical issues, creating highly structured assignments creates rigid and constrained participation that rarely resembles genuine discussion. And creating separate Communities will fragment any meaningful discussion into silos that students never reconsider or revisit once their weekly assignment is completed. Yellowdig was carefully designed as a unified Community with a point system that encourages long-term, free-form conversations. Attempts to fragment discussions or constrain participation produce sub-optimal outcomes for instructors and learners.