Our friend Alex from NYU sent an email about Discourse. I’m copying the relevant pieces here and am responding in the next message.
We now have our Discourse community installed at http://community.playwithyourmusic.org/. We’ve setup the Discourse hosting and background mail via mandrill through NYU.
For the structure of the PWYM Discourse community, I’ve drawn (stolen!) heavily on the LCL structure. I’d be interested in your thoughts on particular settings, structures and layouts that have worked for LCL.
Because we’re now viewing PWYM as a community, we will eventually have multiple pathways through the tools and content. My students and I are having a think this week about what our top-level categories should be. Right now, we’re thinking that activities and projects might be good to have at the top category level, with sub-categories for specific course/pathway-related modules. Any insights you and your team have on these issues would be appreciated.