The “Must Post First” feature in D2L allows instructors to require students to post to a discussion topic before reading any other posts, which is useful if you don’t want students’ first responses to be affected by what others have written.

1. Click on [Discussions] in the main navigation bar

2. Click on the [New] drop-down menu button

3. Choose “Forum” or “Topic” from the drop-down list (Note: this restriction can be toggled at the forum or the topic level)

4. Choose a forum from the forum drop-down list (if adding a topic)

5. Enter a title in the title box

6. Scroll down to “Options”

7. Check the box next to “Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic”

8. Click [Save and Close] at the bottom of the page

Students will now need to post to the topic before being able to see any other responses in the forum.