For easier viewing, use the Discussions List

Note: this tutorial assumes you are seeing Discussion topics in “Grid View.”

1.  In the main navigation bar, click [Discussions]

2.  Click [Settings] at the top of the page


3.  Check the box to select “Always show the Discussions List pane”


4.  Click [Save]

To read discussion posts

1.  In the main navigation bar, click [Discussions]

2.  For a clear view of all Forums, click [Hide All Topics].  

*This is a toggle — you may click again to [Show All Topics], when needed.

Show_HideTopics3.  Beneath the Forum name, you will see a link. [Click to show] all Topics under the desired Forum. (This is also a toggle. You may click again to hide all Topics, when needed.)


4.  Beneath the discussion Forum title, click on the title of the Topic to display all Threads within that Topic.
5.  Click on a discussion topic “thread” title to list all replies to the thread.

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6. Click on the title of the message in the thread you wish to read in order to display it in the lower frame.

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Identifying unread posts

“Unread” Indicators

In the Discussions section, topics with unread posts are indicated by the number of unread posts in parentheses in the “Posts” column.  Clicking on that number will take you directly to the unread thread posts in that topic.

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All unread posts in a topic thread are displayed in bold text.

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Filtering by “Unread”

1. To see only unread posts, click on the drop-down menu next to “View:” in the upper right-hand corner.

2. Select “Unread only”, and click [Apply].

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You can also filter by unread posts which Topics are displayed in the main Discussions page by clicking “unread” adjacent to “Filter by:” in the upper left-hand corner of the page.

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How many “unread” posts?

Once a discussion gets going, new posts can come in very quickly. There are a number of places in D2L that indicate that new posts are available for reading:

My Courses List

The “Updates” area in your My Courses list on the D2L MyHome page displays the total number of unread posts for all discussion topics in your course.



Discussions List


The number of unread posts appears beneath the “posts” column next to each Topic in the Discussions List.

The example below shows 18 posts in the “Introductions” topic, with 16 of those being “unread.”



If the “Topics view” is hidden, the number of unread posts appears beneath the Forum title.


D2L 10.3  January 2015