Learn@UW-Stout -- Discussions

The Discussions tool is a collaboration area where you can post, read and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or where students can work on assignments and homework.

About Discussions

  • Encourage students to share their thoughts on course materials
  • Set up forums to for users to ask questions
  • Pose a question up for the class to debate 
  • Create forums for groups to work on group projects 

Reading View  vs. Grid View

To change the type of view within discussions, click Settings.

Grid View: Selecting this option will display the discussion post in the traditional Grid View, with posts subjects displaying in a grid.

Reading View: Selecting this option will display the discussion post in Reading View, where the entire text of a post displays for all posts. 

Creating a New Discussion

To create a new discussion you have to create a New Forum, and then create a Topic within that Forum.

  • Click the drop-down New button, and select New Forum.
  • Fill in the desired fields. 
  • If you want to create a new topic that has the same name as the title, check the box by " Create a new topic in this forum with the same title"
  • You do not have to create a Topic for the Forum at this time, you can come back and later add multiple topics. 

Create a New Topic:

You create a new topic within a Forum. Choose the desired forum and then fill out the desired fields. 

Options Within Forums and Topics:

  • Allow anonymous posts: Selecting this option allows users to post anonymously to topics created within this forum. Anonymous posts display with the author "Anonymous" in the thread. 
  • A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum: Selecting this option will require a moderator to approve posts to topics created within this forum before they display to users.
  • Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to others threads in each topic: Selecting this option will require a user to start a new thread in a topic before viewing or replying to other threads in that topic in the forum. If this forum requires post approval, users will not be able to view or reply to other threads until their thread is approved.
Availability:
You can choose to make the forum always visible, hide it, or only make it visible for a specific amount of time.
 
Locking Options:
You can choose to have the forum to be unlocked, locked, or unlocked for a specific date. They will be able to see it if its locked, they just will not be able to access it. 


Groups Within Discussions:

You can restrict a forum or topic so that it is only accessible to members of a specific group or section. This makes it so you can:
  1. Create discussion areas where members of a group or section can collaborate on assignments or discuss course material in small teams.
  2. Create separate forums or topics for each group or section in a course offering. 
Note: You must create groups or sections before you can set up group or section restrictions.

Restrict a single forum or topic:

  • Do one of the following:
    • On the Discussion List page, click edit Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to hide. You can also set visibility options when creating a new forum or topic. 
    • If you are creating a new forum or topic, you can create group and section restrictions after clicking Save. 
  • In the Group and Sections Restrictions area of the Restrictions tab, select the Restrict this forum to the following groups and sections or Restrict this topic to the following groups and sections check box.
  • Click Add Groups and Sections.
  • In the Add Groups and Sections window, select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  • Click Add.
  • Click Save.


Note: To remove a group or section’s access, click the remove x Remove icon beside the group or section, then click Save.

Note: To open the forum or topic to everyone again, clear the Restrict this forum to the following groups and sections check box or Restrict this topic to the following groups and sections check box, then click Save.

Restrict multiple forums or topics simultaneously

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Restrictions from the tool navigation.
  2. Select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  3. Select the Forum containing the topics you want to restrict or select All Forums from the drop-down list.
  4. To restrict a forum or topic to specific groups or sections, select the check box in the Restricted column, then select the groups or sections you want to have access to the forum or topic.
  5. Click Save.

To open a forum or topic to everyone, clear the check box in the Restricted column and click Save.

Automatically create restricted discussion topics for groups or sections

You can automatically create a discussion topic for each group in a selected category. Topics get their names from the group categories and groups they associate with.
  • On the Discussions List page, click Restrictions from the tool navigation.
  • Click the Automatically create restricted topics link.
  • Select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  • Select where to create the topics from the Forum drop-down list. If you want to create a new forum for the restricted topics, click New Forum.
  • Click Create.



Keywords:Learn@UW-Stout Support, instructors, discussions, help   Doc ID:61294
Owner:Mike K.Group:UW Stout
Created:2016-02-29 12:23 CSTUpdated:2016-08-25 08:48 CST
Sites:UW Stout
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