As near as I can tell, the only way for an instructor to initiate or respond to a discussion is to login --> go to WP Admin --> go to Courses --> click on View Units --> click on Discussions --> and lastly, click on "Ask a Question"...
A.) This is terribly convoluted. Is there a better way or is this it?
B.) When the instructor wants to initiate a discussion, they're not necessarily asking a question. Nonetheless, the instructor must click "Ask a Question" as that is the only option. Further, the icon that appears to the left of any response after the initial statement is always an "A", as in 'Answer'. Obviously, not every single response after the initial statement (or question, if it is one) is going to be an answer. Anyway, is the Discussions feature this rigid by design or is there something wrong here? If this is by design, it's not a discussions feature at all, but a Q&A feature.