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D2L Discussion


  • Create a Discussion Forum.

  • Create a Topic in a Discussion Forum.

  • Edit Forums and Topics.

  • Delete Discussion Forums, Topics, and Threads.

  • Assess a Topic.

Table of Contents:

D2L Discussion 1

An Overview 2

Creating Discussion Forums 3

Creating Topics 5

Viewing the Discussion Threads 8

Editing and Deleting Discussion Forums and Topics 10

Assessing Topics 12

An Overview 2

Creating Discussion Forums 3

Creating Topics 5

I. Creating a Topic through the Discussions List 5

II. Adding a Topic through the Content Area 7

Viewing the Discussion Threads 9

Editing and Deleting Discussion Forums and Topics 11

I. Editing a Discussion Forum or Topic: 11

II. Deleting a Discussion Forum or Topic: 11

III. Deleting a Thread 12

Assessing Topics 13

I. Assigning an Assessment Method to a Topic 13

II. Assessing a Topic 14

An Overview

Discussion Forums provide a collaborative space for you and students to communicate asynchronously. Images and other media, such as YouTube videos and links to URLs can be posted with the written text. Discussions can be organized in Forums and Topics, and can be set up as private or public.

Forums: Allow you to organize your discussions into categories. For example, Unit 1. You cannot post in a Forum unless you have created a Topic in it.

Topics: Are the discussions in a forum. For example, under Unit 1, you can have a Topic called Reading 1 and another Topic called Reading 2.

Thread: Refers to a row of posts or comments under a Topic. To post their response to your discussion prompt found in the Topic, students will need to create a New Thread.
To Access the Discussions tool:

Once you’re in the course, click on Discussions on the Main Navigation Bar.

Discussion’s Page Menu
You will see the editing options on the Discussion’s page menu.

Discussion List: Provides the options to add Forums and Topics. You can also view a list of all the existing Forums and Topics.

Subscriptions: Decide how you will receive notifications about activity in Forums and Topics.

Group and Section Restrictions: View and edit all the restrictions to Forums and Topics for specific groups.

Statistics: Allows you to view and export students’ activity in discussion threads. You can view them by individual users or by groups.

Creating Discussion Forums

  1. Click on the Discussions tool on the Main Navigation Bar.

  2. Select the Discussions List from the Discussion’s Page Menu.

  3. Click on New and select New Forum from the dropdown menu.

  1. On the New Forum page, enter the information and settings for the Forum using the Properties Tab.

Enter a name for your Forum.

Check the box to automatically create a Topic with the same name.

Enter a description of the forum. This will be visible from the Discussion List, before entering the Forum.

Students’ names will not show up with their post. Anonymous posts cannot be evaluated.

You must approve posts before they are public.

Students won’t be able to see classmates’ posts until they post their initial response in the Forum.

Decide when the Forum is visible for students.

Be sure to save!!!

Choose to lock or unlock your forum.

Click to switch to Restrictions.

  1. The Restrictions tab allows you to establish Release Conditions for the Forum. That is, a student must complete a task in D2L before having access to the Forum. Under the Group and Section Restrictions you can also decide who in your class has access to this Forum. For example, if you have students working in groups and you want only members of that group working on this Forum to have access to it.

Manage your Release Conditions.

Decide who has access to the Forum.

  1. Save your settings. If you’re ready to create a Topic under this Forum, click on Save and Add Topic.

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