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D2L Students: Discussions


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In the Discussion area, your instructor may create topics for discussion. Class members can write and respond to messages within the class, ask a question of the entire class, and view all of their classmates' responses. Instructors may post topics in which a class response is requested.

This page includes information on:

Reading a Message


When viewing messages in the Discussion area, you are presented with several display options when you click on the Settings button. For more information about these options, refer to Discussion Viewing Options. On the navigation bar, click Discussions. The Discussions List pane appears.

  1. From the Discussions List, click the topic you wish to view.
    The Topics List pane appears showing the description for the topic. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the title of the topic you wish to view. All messages that have been posted within that topic wi

    ll be visible.

  2. Once you have entered a topic, you will also see the following options:

    Button
    Description
    ComposeMessage Composes a new message within the topic.
    Refresh button Refreshes the window.
    Mark all Read button Marks all messages as having been read.
    Settings Lets you change discussion settings.
    Mark Read button Marks selected messages in the topic as read.
    Mark Unread Button Marks selected messages in the topic as unread.
    Print Allows you to view selected messages in a printable format.

    Flag message

    Flags the associated message.

     

  3. Click the subject of the message you wish to view.
    The message appears in the Preview Pane at the bottom of the page.

    Note: Messages only appear in the Preview Pane if this option is selected from the Display Options under Settings.

Replying to a Message


When you see a message you would like to respond to, you can use the Reply feature. Reply differs from Add Message in that the message you are sending becomes part of the thread established by the original message.

  1. On the navigation bar, click Discussions.
    The Discussions List pane appears.

  2. From the Discussions List, click the topic you wish to view.
    The Topics List pane appears showing the description of the topic, and a link at the bottom to all of the messages that have been posted within that topic.

  3. Click on the title of the topic you wish to view. All messages are now visible.

  4. Click the linked subject of the message you wish to reply to.
    The message appears in the Preview Pane.

    Note: Messages only appear in the Preview Pane if this option is selected from the Display Options under Settings.

  5. In the Preview Pane, click Reply.
    The message is replaced with a reply form.

  6. Optional: In the Subject text box, type a new subject.

    Note: The default subject is the same as the subject of the message that you are replying to, prefaced with "Re:"

  7. In the scroll box, type your message.

  8. When finished, click Post.
    Your reply is posted as part of the thread.

    Optional: Add an Attachment by clicking on the Add a File or Record Audio buttons.

 

Adding a New Message


When you add a new message, you begin a new thread in the discussion instead of replying to a message already posted.

  1. On the navigation bar, click Discussions.
    The Discussions List pane appears.

  2. From the Discussions List, click the topic you wish to view.
    The Topics List pane appears, showing a description of the topic, and a link at the bottom to all of the messages that have been posted within that topic.
     
  3. Click on the title of the topic you wish to view. All messages are now visible.

  4. Click the blue Compose button.
    The Compose dialog box appears.

  5. In the Subject text box, type the desired subject for your message.

  6. In the Message text box, type your message.

    Optional: Add an Attachment by clicking on the Add a File or Record Audio buttons.
  7. Click Spell Check. spellcheck
    Misspelled words will appear in red.

  8. To preview your message as it will appear,
    1. Click Preview. preview
      The Preview window appears with your message displayed.
    2. Click Close.

  9. If you are satisfied with your message, click Post.
    Your message is posted and starts a new thread in the discussion.

Attaching a File to a Message


  1. On the navigation bar, click Discussions.
    The Discussions List pane appears.

  2. From the Discussions List, click the topic you wish to view.
    The Topics List pane appears, showing a description of the topic, and a link at the bottom to all of the messages that have been posted within that topic.
     
  3. Click on the title of the topic you wish to view. All messages are now visible.

  4. Reply to a message or add a new one.

  5. If necessary, in the Subject text box, type the desired subject for your message.

  6. In the Message text box, type your message.

  7. In the Attachments section,
    1. Click Add a File.
      The Submit a File dialog box appears.
    2. Select an area (My Computer, My Locker, or Group Locker).
    3. Click Browse . . .
    4. Click Open.
      The file appears in the Attach File text box.
    5. Click Upload.

  8. When you are finished composing your message, click Post.

Discussion Viewing Options


With Desire2Learn, you can change how you view discussions. You can also customize the frames and the types of posts that appear in your discussion.

Note: Changing the layout of one discussion topic will change the layouts for all topics in all D2L courses.

Discussion Settings

  1. On the right side of the minibar at the top of the screen, click the black arrow to the right of your name.

  2. From the dropdown menu that appears, select Account Settings.
    The Account Settings pane appears.

  3. Select the Discussions tab.
    The Personal Settings pane appears.


    Note: When messages are viewed as threaded, they appear in the order of their posting date. Replies to messages are indented under the message to which they are replying. When messages are viewed as unthreaded, replies are not indented, but appear flush with all other messages


    Discussion Tab

  4. Select the desired options.
    Hint: For information on any of the options, click the Get Help icon. get help button

  5. When finished, click Save.

You may view these same discussion settings from within the Discussion Tool itself:

  1. On the navigation bar, click Discussions.
    The Forums & Topics List appears.

  2. Near the top right, click Settings to view the Discussion Settings dialog box, which will look almost identical to the image above.
     Settings

    Note: Settings will also be available after you have opened a topic.

  3. When finished, click Save.

 

Sorting Messages


You may group all the messages in a discussions topic by author, subject, or date.
 
  1. From the Course Home page, on the navigation bar, click Discussions.

  2. Click the desired topic.

  3. Click the Settings button and select Un-threaded View under the Default Message List View heading.

  4. Click Save.
    The Discussions List pane refreshes.

  5. Click Authored By.
    The Messages will appear in alphabetical order by author's first name.

    Note: To sort message by date or subject, click on Date or Subject.

  6. To view the discussion list in Read View (where you can see the author, their photo, and their entire post, rather than a list of links), click Settings. Discussion settings button

  7. The Discussions Settings dialog box appears.

    Sorting Messages in Read View

  8. In the Message List Style category, select Reading Style.

  9. Click Save.

  10. Click Apply.
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