How do I create a Graded Discussion for a specific section?

You can create a graded discussion as a differentiated assignment for one, several, or all sections in your course. Each section can have different due dates vs availability dates.

When you create a graded discussion for a specific section, students can only view the graded discussion if they are part of the section.

When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the graded discussion appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who are not part of the section. Grades cannot be assigned for students who are not part of the section, and graded discussions that are not part of a section are not factored into overall grades. 

On the student grades page, students can only view graded discussions that are part of their specific section.

Note: If you are not using the Differentiated Assignments feature option, please view the varied due date archived version of this lesson.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Enter Discussion Details

Enter a title [1] and add content [2] to your discussion.

Set Graded Discussion

Click the Graded checkbox.

Enter Grading Details

Enter Grading Details

Enter the number of points possible [1]. Select the Grading Type [2] and Assignment Group [3], and assign Peer Reviews [4], if any.

Add Section and Dates

In the For field [1], select the course section you want to add to the assignment.

In the date fields, add your preferred date(s) with the following options:

  • Due Date [2]: Set the date and time that the Assignment is due.
  • Available From [3]: Set the date and time when the Assignment will become available.
  • Until [4]: Set the date and time when the Assignment will no longer be available.

Note: Beneath the Due Date and Availability date fields, Canvas will display the time zone date and time according to context. If you manage courses in a time zone other than your local time zone and create or edit a due date for an assignment, the course and local times are displayed for reference.

Add Due Date

To add a Due Date for another section of your course, click the Add Due Date button.

Note: You can only create as many Due Dates as there are Sections in the course. For example, if you have four sections in the course, you will be able to add four Due Dates. After that, the button will disappear.

Edit Additional Due Date

Select the new section and set the appropriate dates for that section.

Note: You don't have to add due dates for each individual section. You can set dates for a specific section and then choose Everyone Else for the remainder of your students.

Remove Due Date

You can also delete additional due dates by clicking the remove icon next to the appropriate due date.

Save Graded Discussion

Save Graded Discussion

Click the Save button.

View Error Notifications

If you submit an invalid string of due dates, Canvas generates an error notification. Such invalid entries include not unlocking the assignment before it is due, or not placing the due date inside the range of availability dates.

View Due Date Warning

View Due Date Warning

If you do not add all course sections to the assignment, you will see a warning message asking you if you want to add those sections. For example, the sample course in this lesson has 8 sections. Sections C, E, and H were added to the assignment, but the remaining sections were not.

You can click the Continue button [1] if you don't want to add any other sections to the assignment, or click the Go Back button [2] to go back and add additional sections.

Note: This warning message will not appear if Everyone else is assigned as any of the sections.

View Varied Due Dates

To view sections and due dates for the discussion, click the Show Due Dates link.

View the sections assigned to the assignment.

View Discussions Page

On the Discussions Index Page, the graded discussion shows the latest due date for the graded discussion.

View Assignments Page

Note: On the Assignments Index Page, the graded discussion shows there are multiple sections and dates assigned to the discussion.

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