How do I pin a Discussion in the Index Page?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can pin discussions so students will see them at the top of the Discussions index page. Such discussions could include short-run discussions, discussions that only run for a single week, and any other discussions that students should specifically pay attention to. You can also pin discussions within Student Groups.

There are two ways to pin a discussion.

Note: Students do not see the Pinned Discussion heading when there are no pinned discussions.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Pin Discussion with Settings Icon

To pin a discussion, click the Settings icon next to the discussion you want to move.

Select Settings Icon

Click the Pin link.

Pin Discussion by Dragging

You can also pin a discussion by dragging it to the Pinned Discussions area. To drag a discussion, hover over the discussion you want to move.

Drag Discussion

Drag the discussion into the Pinned Discussion area. Release your mouse and the discussion will be in the Pinned Discussions area.

Manually Order Discussions

Within Pinned Discussions, you can manually reorder discussions. Drag and drop the discussions in the order your prefer.

Move Discussions with Settings Icon

You can move a discussion within the Pinned Discussion area. Click the Settings icon [1] next to the discussion you want to move and then click the Move To... option [2].

Choose Location to Move Discussion

Choose Location to Move Discussion

Choose where you would like to move the discussion. You can place it before [1] another discussion or at the bottom [2] of the list. When finished, click Save [3].

Unpin Discussions with Settings Icon

You can unpin a discussion by selecting the discussion's Settings icon and clicking the Unpin link. The discussion will automatically move back to Discussions. If the discussion became locked after it was pinned, the discussion will move to Closed for Comments after unpinning.  

Unpin Discussions by Dragging

You can also unpin discussions at any time by dragging them back to another Discussion group.