How do I create a Threaded Discussion?

Threaded Discussions lend themselves to the refining of complex ideas. Students can quickly navigate responses and different lines of inquiry using the threaded discussion's hierarchical structure. For example, Threaded Discussions can be long-standing spaces for thoughts that persist throughout an entire course.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

Click the Discussions link.

Start Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

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. Create a threaded replies by clicking on the Allow threaded replies checkbox.

Save Discussion

Save Discussion

Click the Save button.

Publish Discussion

Click the Publish button.

View Threaded Discussion

View Threaded Discussion

With Threaded Discussions, you can see when a student replies to another student's reply. A blue dot [1] indicates a new reply, and a white dot [2] indicates an unread reply. Click the Settings icon [3] to select one of the following options in the drop-down menu:

  • Click the Go To Parent link to return to initial discussion post or comment.
  • Click the Edit link to edit the response.
  • Click the Delete link to delete the response.

Note: Graded discussions will also include an Open in SpeedGrader link to grade the discussion replies.

View Collapse Replies

View Collapse Replies

By hovering over the reply, you can collapse all replies [1] and expand all replies [2] to make the Discussion easier to manage. Or you can collapse and expand a single thread by hovering over the thread [3]. Click the Reply link to reply to the main discussion [4]. You can also reply to any other post in the thread by clicking the reply arrow.

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