Before your students can post to a discussion, you need to create both a ‘Discussion Forum’ and a ‘Discussion Topic’. Forums act as categories and Topics act as prompts for written responses from students. Students cannot post to a forum; they can only post to a topic within a Forum.

 

Creating a Discussion Forum

1. From your D2L Course Home page, click on [Discussions] in the main navigation bar.

2. Click [New] and select [New Forum] from the dropdown menu.

3. Enter a [Title] for the discussion Forum.

4. Enter a [description] for the discussion Forum (optional).

5. Click [Save and Close] on the bottom of the page.

 

Creating a Discussion Topic

1. From your D2L Course Home page, click on [Discussions] in the main navigation bar.

2. Click [New], then select [New Topic] from the dropdown menu.

3. Select a [Forum]

– If you have already created the Forum in which you want to add a Topic, select it from the ‘Forum’ dropdown menu.

– If you want to create a new Forum for your Topic, click ‘[New Forum]’

4. Enter a [Title] for the Topic.

5. Enter a [Description] for the Topic.

Optional: Select [Options] for the Topic:
– ‘Allow Anonymous Posts’: this option allows students to anonymously post to the Topic.
– ‘A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the topic’: this option requires you to
approve the posts before students are able to view them.
– ‘Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads’: this option requires students to post
to the topic before they can read and reply to other students’ posts.

Optional: Select a [Ratings Option] for the Topic:
– ‘No Ratings’: all ratings controls are disabled.
– ‘Five-Star Rating Scheme’: students can assign each post a score from zero to five.
– ‘Up Vote/Down Vote Rating Scheme’: students can vote to increase or decrease a posts’ ratings.
– ‘Up Vote Only Rating Scheme’: students can vote to increase a post’s rating (but they cannot vote to decrease it).

6. Select [Save and Close] at the bottom of the page.

Note: To see the new forum and topic, click on [Discussions] in the main navigation bar.
The new forum will be at the bottom of the list, if other forums already exist in the
course site.

D2L v10.3, April 2014