How do I use Draft State in Discussions?

Draft State allows content in Discussions to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Unpublished content is invisible to students, and graded discussions are excluded from grade calculations.

Note: If you use Modules in your course and add a Discussion to a Module, please be aware that the state of the Module overrides the state of all module items. You may want to consider leaving Discussions unpublished until you are ready to publish the entire Module. For more information please see the Modules Draft State lesson.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

View Discussions Index Page

The Discussions Index page is designed with global settings at the top of the page [1], followed by the Discussion groups [2]. Individual discussions are nested within each Discussion group [3].

View Discussions Global Settings

Global settings include searching for a discussion [1], filtering unread discussions [2], and filtering graded assignments [3]. You can also add a new discussion [4] and edit discussion settings [5].

View Discussion Groups

Discussion groups can be expanded and collapsed by clicking the arrow next to the name.

Manage Individual Discussions

For each individual discussion, you can use the settings drop-down menu to close the discussion for comments, delete, or pin or unpin a discussion.

View Status of All Discussions

View Status of All Discussions

On the Discussions index page, you can view the status of each discussion. Green cloud icons with a white checkmark [1] indicate the discussion is published. Solid gray cloud icons [2] indicate unpublished discussions. You can change the status of a discussion by toggling the published and unpublished icons.

Publish a Discussion

Publish a Discussion

To publish a discussion, click the discussion's unpublished icon. The hover text will confirm you want to publish the discussion.

Unpublish a Discussion

Unpublish a Discussion

To unpublish a discussion, hover over the discussion's published icon and view its status. If the discussion can be unpublished, the hover text will confirm you want to unpublish the discussion, and the icon will change from gray to red [1]. Click the icon to confirm.

Discussions with student submissions cannot be unpublished, and the hover text will notify you accordingly [2].

View Status within an Individual Discussion

Within individual discussions, the discussion status is shown next to the discussion settings.

Publish a Discussion

To publish a discussion, click the discussion’s Publish button. The button will change from gray to green.

Unpublish a Discussion

To unpublish a discussion, hover over the published button for the content item and view its status. If the discussion can be unpublished, the hover text will confirm you want to unpublish the discussion, and the button will change from gray to red [1]. Click the button to confirm.

Content with student submissions cannot be unpublished. The the hover text will notify you accordingly [2].

Discussions Student View

Students cannot see any of the actions involved with Draft State, such as published and unpublished icons and setting icons. Students will only see published assignments, which are posted in blue and gray text.

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