Create Discussion

Discussions are your course message boards that are organized into forums and topics.

  • Forums are the main folder where discussion topics reside. Students cannot post to forums.
  • Topics reside inside a forum. Students post to topics.
  • Threads are postings within a topic.

Creating a New Forum

  1. Click Communication in the navigation bar, then click Discussion from the drop down menu.
  2. Click New, then New Forum.
  3. Enter a title for your forum.
  4. Enter a description for your forum.
  5. Check the appropriate options for your forum:
    1. Allow anonymous posts: Enable users to post anonymous
    2. A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum: allows you to review a post before allowing the students to see it.
    3. Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic: Select this option if you want the student to make a post first before they can view and reply to other posts.
    4. Display forum description in topics: This option will display a forum discussion within a topic description.
  6.  In the Availability section, choose the appropriate options, and set start and end date if necessary (note: If a specific date range is chosen, the forum will be invisible to students out side of the date range).
  7. In the Locking Options area, choose the appropriate locking options, and set start and end date if necessary (note: If a specific date range is chosen, the students will not be able to access the forum outside the date range).
  8. Click Save and Close.

Creating a New Topic

  1. Go back into Discussion.
  2. Click New, then New Topic.
  3. Choose a forum for the topic to be in.
    Choose Forum
  4. Enter a title for your Topic.
  5. Enter a description for your topic.
  6. Check the options you want the topic to have.
    1. In the Rate Posts section, choose a rating scheme. If you don't want the students to have the ability to rate posts, then choose No Ratings.
    2. In the Availability section, choose the appropriate options, and set start and end date if necessary (note: If a specific date range is chosen, the topic will be invisible to students out side of the date range).
    3.  In the Locking Options area, choose the appropriate locking options, and set start and end date if necessary (note: If a specific date range is chosen, the students will not be able to access the topic outside the date range).
  7. Click Save and Close.

 

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