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Discussion Overview

The Discussion tool is useful for encouraging student interaction. Students can discuss topics assigned by the Instructor. Discussions are "threaded" so that when all posts are opened, the conversation can be read in order so that the postings can be seen in the context of the conversation.

Discussions can also be used to allow small groups to collaborate together on projects. Files and links can be shared, in addition to the threaded conversation.

Create a Discussion (Forum)

From within the course in which you want to create a Discussion:

  1. Click Discussions

Step 1: Click Discussion

Step 2: At the top of your screen, click New Discussion.

Step 3: In the Discussion Title field, type your forum’s title. This is a required field, and is limited to 75 characters.

Step 4: In the Short Description field, you have the option of providing a brief description (limited to 100 characters) that will be displayed along with the title in the Discussion area.

Step 5: In the Description field, you may enter an in-depth description of your forum, and provide any associated information or resources.

Step 6: To add an attachment from your local computer or from Resources, under Attachments, click Add Attachment. The file selector screen will open.

Step 7: To disable forum postings, under Forum Posting, click the Yes radio button next to Lock Forum (Disable topic postings). The No radio button is selected by default, allowing site participants to post messages about your forum topic.

Step 8: Moderating forms and topics allows the site administrator to approve or deny a participant’s posting. The site administrator(s) will receive an email request for each post. Choose Yes to moderate the topic or No to not moderate it.

Step 9: You can modify permission levels for participant roles. From the list under permissions select a role for editing by clicking its name. Next to Permission Level, use the drop-down list to select from several predefined permission levels. Additionally, you can create custom permission levels by clicking to enable or disable functions. Step 10: (Optional) Next to Gradebook Item, use the drop-down list to choose the gradebook item with which the form should be associated. You may grade postings on the forum or topic level.

NOTE: The Gradebook item MUST already be created in the gradebook for this option to be available. To add an item to the Gradebook, refer to the Gradebook documentation.

Step 11: To save the forum and to add a topic, click Save Settings & Add Topic. Click Save Draft to save your forum as a draft or click Cancel to exit and return to the Discussion screen. Discussion saved as a draft will not be available to site participants.

NOTE: When you create a forum, you will need to add a least one topic so site participants can post messages. The forum will not be visible to participants unless a topic is added.

Step 12: In the Topic Title field, type your topic’s title. This is a required field, and is limited to 75 characters.

Step 13: In the Short Description field, you have the option of providing a brief description (limited to 100 characters) that will be displayed below the title in the Discussion area.

Step 14: In the Description field, you may enter an in-depth description of your topic, and provide any associated information or resources.

Step 15: To add an attachment from your local computer or from Resources, under Attachments, click Add Attachment. The file selector screen will open.

Step 16: To disable topic postings, under Topic Posting, click the Yes radio button next to Lock Topic (Disable topic postings). The No radio button is selected by default, allowing site participants to post messages about your forum topic.

Step 17: To moderate forum postings, under Topic Posting click Yes radio button next to Moderate Topic. The No radio button is selected by default, allowing site participants messages to post automatically.

Step 18: Under Permissions, you can modify permission levels for participant roles. From the list under permissions select a role for editing by clicking its name. Next to Permission Level, use the drop-down list to select from several predefined permission levels. Additionally, you can create custom permission levels by clicking to enable or disable the functions that follow.

Step 19: Next to Gradebook Item, use the drop-down list to choose the gradebook item with which the topic should be associated. You may grade postings on the topic or forum level.

NOTE: The Gradebook item MUST already be created in the gradebook for this option to be available. To add an item to the Gradebook, refer to the Gradebook documentation.

Step 20: To save the topic, click Save Settings. To save the topic and add another topic, click Save Settings & Add Topic. Click Save Draft to save your forum as a draft or click Cancel to exit and return to the Discussion screen. Discussion saved as a draft will not be available to site participants.

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