How do I start a Discussion in Canvas?

Learn how to create and start a Discussion in your course.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Start Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Create Discussion

Create Discussion

Create your discussion by utilizing the following options:

  1. Enter your topic title in the topic title field.
  2. Use the Rich Content Editor to format your content.
  3. Attach a file to your discussion.
  4. Create a threaded replies by clicking the Allow threaded replies checkbox.
  5. Require users to post to the discussion before viewing other replies by clicking the Users must post before seeing replies button.
  6. Create a podcast feed for the discussion by clicking the Enable podcast feed checkbox.
  7. Create a graded discussion by clicking the Graded checkbox.
  8. Create a Group Discussion by clicking the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.
  9. Make your discussion available on a certain date by filling out the Available From and Until fields.

Save Discussion

Save Discussion

Click the Save button.

Publish Discussion

Publish Discussion

Click the Publish button.

View Discussion

View Discussion

View the discussion.