How do I create and use discussions?

How do I create/start a Discussion?

1. In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

2. Click the Add Discussion button.

3. Create your discussion by utilizing the following options:

  1. Enter your topic title in the topic title field.
  2. Use the Rich Content Editor to format your content.
  3. Attach a file to your discussion.
  4. Create a threaded replies by clicking the Allow threaded replies checkbox.
  5. Require users to post to the discussion before viewing other replies by clicking the Users must post before seeing replies button.
  6. Create a podcast feed for the discussion by clicking the Enable podcast feed checkbox.
  7. Create a graded discussion by clicking the Graded checkbox.
  8. Create a Group Discussion by clicking the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.
  9. Make your discussion available on a certain date by filling out the Available From and Until fields.

4. Click the Save button to start the discussion.

5. Click the Publish button.

6. View the discussion.

How do I edit a Discussion topic? 

You can easily edit a discussion you've already created.

1. In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

2. Click the title of the discussion.

3. Click the Edit button.

4. Edit the text in the Rich Content Editor. You can also edit other options within the discussion.

5. Click the Save button.

How do I reply to a Discussion?

You can easily reply to any discussion, threaded or focused. However, the reply process varies depending on the type of discussion.

1. In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

2. Click the title of the Discussion.

3. To reply to the main discussion, type your reply in the Reply field.

4. Write your response in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can add links, photos, equations, and/or media. You can also attach files [2]. Once you finish, click the Post Reply button [3].

Your reply will be posted at the bottom of the discussion reply thread. The border of your post will flash blue indicating it has been newly posted. The dot indicator next to your post will immediately turn white if Canvas automatically marks your posts as read. However, if you manually mark your posts as read, the indicator will remain blue.

Reply to a Comment in a Focused Discussion

In a focused discussion, you can reply to a comment already posted by another student by clicking in the reply field below the post.

1. Write your response in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can add links, photos, equations, and/or media. You can also attach files [2]. Once you finish, click the Post Reply button [3].

Your reply will be posted at the bottom of the discussion reply thread. The border of your post will flash blue indicating it has been newly posted. The dot indicator next to your post will immediately turn white if Canvas automatically marks your posts as read. However, if you manually mark your posts as read, the indicator will remain blue.

In a threaded discussion, you can reply to a comment already posted by another student. Locate the post you want to reply to and click the reply icon.

Write your response in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can add links, photos, equations, and/or media. You can also attach files [2]. Once you finish, click the Post Reply button [3].

Your reply will be posted at the bottom of the discussion reply thread. The border of your post will flash blue indicating it has been newly posted. The dot indicator next to your post will immediately turn white if Canvas automatically marks your posts as read. However, if you manually mark your posts as read, the indicator will remain blue.

How do I delete a Discussion topic?

1. In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link. There are two ways to delete a discussion topic.

2. Click the Settings icon [1] next to the discussion you want to delete. Click the Delete link.

3. Click the title of the discussion.

4. Click the Settings icon [1] to open the drop-down menu. Click the Delete link.

5. Click the OK button to delete the discussion.

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