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Desire2Learn 9.0

Discussions FAQs

The most common problem with discussions involves the use of an unsupported browser. For the most up-to-date information on recommended browsers, please refer to UW-Madison's Recommended Software and Browsers page.

return to topWhen I click the compose button to post a new discussion message, nothing happens.

Check to see if your pop-up blocker in your browser is on. Add to the websites that you allow to have pop-ups or change your settings to allow pop-ups. Visit the Google Support web site to learn more about pop-up blockers.

return to topHow can I alphabetize discussion messages by student last name?

Ask the students to start the subject line of their messages with their last name and then sort the messages by subject.

If you are unable to sort the messages,

  1. In a discussion, click SETTINGS

  2. Under Default Message List View, select Unthreaded View
    You will now be able to sort by author, date, or subject.
    NOTE: Sorting by author sorts the messages by the author's first name.

return to topCan I grade students' discussion message directly in the Discussion tool?

Yes. Topics linked to a gradebook can be graded in the Discussion area.

To link a topic to the gradebook:

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click DISCUSSIONS
    The Forums & Topics List pane appears.

  2. For the desired topic, in the Actions column, click EDIT TOPIC
    The Edit Topic pane appears.

  3. Select the Assessment tab

  4. From the Grade Item pull-down menu, select the item you wish to link to

  5. In the Score Out of text box, specify the max number of points

  6. Select Messages: Assess each message and automatically calculate the topic score

  7. From the Calculation pull-down menu, select Average Message Score

  8. Click SAVE

To grade the discussion:

  1. Select a message

  2. In the View Message pane, click ASSESSAssess button

  3. In the Message Score text box, type the desired score

  4. Click SAVE

  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the desired messages

return to topIs there an easy way to view all the posts under one Discussion Topic?

The Print view lists all selected posts to a Discussion Topic in order by post. This view can be used for easy reading and/or printing.

  1. From the Course Home page, click DISCUSSIONS
    The Forums and Topics List pane appears.

  2. From the Forums and Topics List pane, click the topic you wish to view
    The Discussion Topic pane appears with all messages posted within that topic shown.

  3. Select the post(s) that you want to view
    Select all posts

  4. On the Discussion toolbar, click VIEW SELECTED MESSAGES AS PRINTABLEView Selected Messages as Printable button

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