How do I reply to a Discussion?

You can easily reply to any discussion, threaded or focused. However, the reply process varies depending on the type of discussion.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Open Discussion Topic

Click the title of the Discussion.

Reply to Discussion Topic

Reply to Discussion Topic

To reply to the main discussion, type your reply in the Reply field.

Post a Message

Post a Message

Write your response in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can add links, photos, equations, and/or media. You can also attach files [2]. Once you finish, click the Post Reply button [3].

View Your Reply

View Your Reply

Your reply will be posted at the bottom of the discussion reply thread. The border of your post will flash blue indicating it has been newly posted. The dot indicator next to your post will immediately turn white if Canvas automatically marks your posts as read. However, if you manually mark your posts as read, the indicator will remain blue.

Reply to a Comment in a Focused Discussion

Reply to a Comment in a Focused Discussion

In a focused discussion, you can reply to a comment already posted by another student by clicking in the reply field below the post.

Post a Message

Post a Message

Write your response in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can add links, photos, equations, and/or media. You can also attach files [2]. Once you finish, click the Post Reply button [3].

View Your Reply

View Your Reply

Your reply will be posted at the bottom of the discussion reply thread. The border of your post will flash blue indicating it has been newly posted. The dot indicator next to your post will immediately turn white if Canvas automatically marks your posts as read. However, if you manually mark your posts as read, the indicator will remain blue.

Reply to a Comment in a Threaded Discussion

Reply to a Comment in a Threaded Discussion

In a threaded discussion, you can reply to a comment already posted by another student. Locate the post you want to reply to and click the reply icon.

Post a Message

Post a Message

Write your response in the Rich Content Editor [1]. You can add links, photos, equations, and/or media. You can also attach files [2]. Once you finish, click the Post Reply button [3].

View Your Reply

View Your Reply

Your reply will be posted at the bottom of the discussion reply thread. The border of your post will flash blue indicating it has been newly posted. The dot indicator next to your post will immediately turn white if Canvas automatically marks your posts as read. However, if you manually mark your posts as read, the indicator will remain blue.

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