Discussions

Discussions

The Discussions tool is a collaboration area where you can post, read, and reply to messages. 

Accessing the Discussions Tool

From the Connect menu on the course navigation bar, click the link to Discussions.click Connect in the course navigation bar and select Discussions

Creating a New Thread

  1. Click on the discussion topic where you want to create a new thread. 
  2. Click the Start a New Thread button.click Start a New Thread button
  3. Compose the subject and message body of the post.
  4. Choose whether or not you want to subscribe to the thread.
  5. If enabled in the discussion topic, choose whether or not you want your thread posted as anonymous.
  6. To attach a file, click Add Attachments.
  • To attach a file from your computer, click the Upload button to browse for and select the file you would like to attach. Alternatively, drag and drop the file from your computer to the upload area. (Note: the drag and drop feature is not available in all browsers.) Repeat to attach additional files.
  • To attach an audio recording, click the Record Audio button.
    • In the Adobe Flash Player Settings dialog box, click the radio button next to Allow. You can also make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume. When you have finished, click Close.
      click Flash Settings and Allow and then Close
    • Ensure your microphone is set up correctly and click the Record button to begin recording. Click the Record button again to stop recording.
      click Record button
    • Click the Play button to review your recording.
      click Play button to review your recording
    • Click Clear to erase your recording.
       
    • When you are satisfied with your recording, click the Save button to add it to your thread.
      click Save to add the audio file to your post
  1. Click the Post button to publish your thread.

To edit the thread, click the down arrow next to the thread name and select Edit Thread.

Moderated and Must Post First Discussions

Moderated Discussion Topics

If the discussion topic is moderated, your thread or post will not appear to other students until it is approved by your instructor. Moderated discussion topics can be identified by the Moderated icon. If your thread or post has not yet been approved, the left-hand side will be identified by an orange bar. Below is an example of a new thread that has not been approved.post held for moderation

Must Post First Discussion Topics

Some discussion topics may be set up so that you must start a thread before you can read and reply to other threads.Must post first Discussion topic

Replying to a Thread

  1. Locate and click on the thread you want to reply to.
  2. Click on the Reply to Thread button to reply directly to the thread or click on Reply to respond to a post within the thread. Note: The example below shows the messages in Threaded view. Other options are available from the Show: drop-down menu.click Reply to Thread button
  3. Compose the message body of your post.
  4. Choose whether or not you want to subscribe to the thread.
  5. If enabled in the discussion topic, choose whether or not you want your post to be anonymous.
  6. To attach a file, click Add Attachments.
  • To attach a file from your computer, click the Upload button to browse for and select the file you would like to attach. Alternatively, drag and drop the file from your computer to the upload area. (Note: the drag and drop feature is not available in all browsers.) Repeat to attach additional files.
  • To attach an audio recording, click the Record Audio button.
  1.  Click the Post button to publish your reply.

To edit the post, click the down arrow next to your reply and select Edit Post.

Finding Unread Posts

Once a discussion gets going, new threads and posts can come in very quickly. To help you keep on top of things, new messages are identified in a number of places.

On the Course Home, you may see the Updates widget that lists the total number of unread discussion posts for all discussion topics in the course.unread Discussion posts are listed in the Updates widget

On the main Discussions List page, the total number of Posts is listed for each topic. The number of unread messages appear in brackets.review the count of unread posts in brackets

To view only those discussion topics with posts you have not yet read, click Unread next to Filter by: at the top of the Discussions List page. Click Unread again to remove the filter and see all discussion topics.
click Unread to display only posts that haven't been read

Within a specific a discussion topic or thread, beside Filter by: click All Posts and select Unread to view only threads and replies you have not yet read. Click Unread again to remove the filter.filter by Unread in a thread

Within a specific discussion topic, threads that contain unread posts will be identified by bold lettering and a blue bar on the left-hand side. This also applies to unread posts within a specific thread.unread posts are bolded

You can also choose to subscribe to specific discussion forums, topics, or threads and receive an email notification when there is a new post. For more information, see Subscribing to a Forum, Topic, or Thread.

Marking a Thread or Post as Read or Unread

To mark all threads as read or unread within a specific discussion topic, click the down arrow next to the discussion topic name and select Mark all Threads as Unread or Mark All Threads as Unread.how to mark all threads as read or unread

To mark all posts as read or unread within a specific thread, click the down arrow next to the thread name and select Mark all Posts as Unread or Mark All Posts as Unread.how to mark all posts in a thread as read or unread

To mark a specific post as unread, click the down arrow next to the post name and select Mark Post as Unread.

Flagging a Thread or Post

Flagging is a good way to mark a thread or post that you want to return to again later.

To flag a thread, click the down arrow next to the thread name and select Flag Thread. To remove the flag, select Remove Flag.how to Flag a thread

To flag a post, click the down arrow next to the post name and select Flag Post. To remove the flag, select Remove Flag.how to flag a post

Within a specific a discussion topic or thread, beside Filter by: click All Threads and select Flagged to view only threads and replies you have flagged. Click Flagged again to remove the filter.click All Threads and select Flagged

Searching for Posts

Enter the discussion topic or thread you want to search.

Enter the terms you want to find in the Search field and click the Search icon.enter search terms in search feld and click search icon

To see all posts again, click Clear Search.click Clear Search

Subscribing to a Forum, Topic, or Thread

You can subscribe to a discussion forum, topic, and/or thread in order to receive notifications when there are new posts.

See our Notifications documentation to ensure you have properly set-up your notification settings.

Subscribing and Unsubscribing to a Forum, Topic, or Thread

To subscribe to all topics in a forum, from the Discussions List page click the down arrow next to the forum name and select Subscribe. The Customize Notifications pop-up dialog box will appear. Select your preferred notification method.  

To unsubscribe at a later time, return to the menu and click Unsubscribe. You can also unsubscribe from the Subscriptions page. Refer to Managing Subscriptions and Settings.how to Subscribe to a Forum

To subscribe to a specific discussion topic, from the Discussions List page click the down arrow next to the discussion topic name and select Subscribe. The Customize Notifications window will appear.  Select your preferred notification method.

To unsubscribe at a later time, return to the menu and click Unsubscribe. You can also unsubscribe from the Subscriptions page. Refer to Managing Subscriptions and Settings.how to Subscribe to a Topic

To subscribe to a specific thread in a discussion topic, click Subscribe next to the thread. The Customize Notifications window will appear. Select your preferred notification method.

To unsubscribe at a later time, return to the thread and click Subscribed. You can also unsubscribe from the Subscriptions page. Refer to Managing Subscriptions and Settings.how to Subscribe to a Thread

Managing Subscriptions and Settings

To view all of your subscriptions and make any necessary changes, click Subscriptions at the top of the Discussions area.click Subscriptions to manage

For each type of subscription (Forum Level, Topic Level, or Thread), you can do the following:

  • Change the Notification Frequency
  • Unsubscribe by clicking Subscribedchange Notification Frequency or unsubscribe

Printing Messages

You can print threads or individual posts.

To print a thread, click the down arrow next to the thread name and select Print.how to Print a thread

In the window that opens, click Print.

To print a post, click the down arrow next to the post and select Print.how to Print a post

In the window that opens, click Print.

Discussion Settings

Note: The personal settings selected will apply to all discussions in all your courses.

The personal discussion settings can be accessed two ways:

The first way is to click the Settings link at the top of the discussions area.click Settings

The second way is to click your name in the top right corner of LEARN and select Account Settings.click your name and then select Account Settings

Next, select the Discussions tab.select the Discussions tab       

Below is a description of some of the Personal Settings options.

  • Always show the Discussions List pane: Selecting this option will pin the Discussions List pane in the View Topic and View Thread pages and will allow you to navigate quickly between topics. Clicking Hide the Topics List will undo this setting.view of the Discussions List pane and how to hide it
  • Click the Expand side panel button on the left-hand side of the discussions area within a topic or thread to unhide the Discussions List pane.click the Expand side panel tab to display the Discussions List pane
  • Include original post in reply: Selecting this option includes the original post by default when composing a reply.