D2L: Discussions

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Discussions are ongoing, threaded written conversations and are a great place for students to share ideas, participate in group work, ask for help, and much more.

Instructors create Forums to organize Topics, which are the start of the conversation. Students add Threads and Reply to others.

Create Forum

You must have a minimum of one forum to create topics. Use forums to organize your topics (e.g., ungraded and graded or whole class and groups).

  1. Access your course.
  2. Click the Discussions tab.
  3. Click the New drop-down arrow.
  4. Select New Forum.
  5. Enter a title.
  6. (Optional) Enter a description.
    NOTE: Most faculty use the topic description area to provide the writing prompt.
  7. Click the Save and Close button.

Create Topic

You can create graded or ungraded discussions. If you use the graded option, you will be able to see all of a student’s post on one page.

  1. Access your course.
  2. Click the Discussions tab.
  3. Click the New drop-down arrow.
  4. Select New Topic.
  5. Click the Forum drop-down arrow and select the applicable forum.
    NOTE: You can also use the New Forum link to create a forum.
  6. Enter a title.
  7. Enter the purpose or instructions in the Description field; include grading information if applicable.
  8. (Optional) Select the checkbox next to Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads, if preferred.
  9. (Optional) Add Availability options, if preferred.
  10. Click the Assessment tab, link the Grade Item, and add the score if the discussion is to be graded.
  11. Click the Save and Close button.

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