Discussions

The Discussions tool is where the learners can share their thoughts on course materials, subjects and assignments with one another and with the instructor. You can set up Forums and Topics. Forums are categories within which a topic or several topics reside.

To set up Forums and Topics, first go to COMMUNICATIONS menu, and select Discussions.

Click on the New button

Create a new forum

1. On the Discussions List page, click New Forum from the New button.

2. Enter a Title and Description for your forum.

3. Select the Create a new topic in this forum with the same title check box to automatically create a topic in the forum with the same name.

4. In the Options section:

  • Select the Allow anonymous posts check box to enable anonymous posting to topics in the forum.
    NOTE You cannot evaluate anonymous posts.

  • Select the A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum check box to require moderators approve posts before they appear in forum topics.

  • Select the Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic check box if you want users to start a thread before they can read and respond to other threads in each topic.

5. Select a Visibility option for your forum.

NOTE If you select Forum is visible for a specific date range, select the Has Start Date and Has End Date check boxes to set your availability. You can also have dates Display in Calendar.

6. Select forum Locking Options:

  • Select Lock forum to the lock the forum upon creation. It remains locked until you select Unlock forum.

  • Select Unlock forum for a specific date range to open the forum within a date range. Select the Has Start Date and Has End Date check boxes to set your forum availability.

7. See Setting release conditions for a discussion forum or topic if you want to set release conditions for your forum.

8. Click Save and Close or Save and Add Topic.

Create a new topic

1. On the Discussions List page, click New Topic from the New button.

2. Select the Forum you want to place your topic in from the drop-down list. Click New Forum if you want to create a new forum for your topic.

3. Enter a Title and Description for your topic.

4. In the Options section:

  • Select the Allow anonymous posts check box to enable anonymous posting to the topic.

NOTE You cannot evaluate anonymous posts.