Discord is a voice, video and text communication platform, designed for creating communities. It allows users to communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging as well as distribute media and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers”. Discord servers are organized into topic-based channels where you can collaborate, share, and just talk about your day without clogging up a group chat. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Linux, and in web browsers.

Discord in Higher Ed

Discord is a message board platform that college students have increasingly adopted as a way to communicate with one another outside class and in the absence of real-life opportunities for connection during remote learning. It was originally developed for gamers as a platform for voice and text chat while gaming, but it is now used by a variety of nongaming online communities as well. In higher ed, Discord use first emerged in STEM courses but has since migrated to other disciplines.

Macnamara & Zachmeier (2021): My Students Started a Discord Server. Now What?

Types of uses

  • informal communities
  • classroom discussions
  • document collaboration
  • low-latency audio/videoconferencing
  • screen share and streaming

What it looks like

Supported alternatives

Useful information and tips

About this tool

Name: Discord
Vendor: Discord, Inc.
Website: discord.com
Cost: Free (ad-supported)
Status: third-party platform

Approved for:

Level 1 Data: Public

Public is defined as:

  • Information deemed to be public by legislation and/or under University policy
  • Information in the public domain

Examples include:

  • names of employees and
    • business contact information
    • job profile
    • salary range
    • discretional benefits
    • relevant education
  • names of registered students and
    • dates of registration
    • program of registration
    • degree awarded
    • convocation date
  • annual reports
  • public announcements
  • telephone directory
  • published research data

Support available: From the vendor’s support website