How is a Threaded Discussion organized?

Threaded discussions are hierarchal, collapsable, and expandable.

Select Threaded Discussions

By clicking on the Allow threaded replies checkbox, you will turn the Focused Discussion into a Threaded Discussion.

View Discussion Management Features

View Discussion Management Features

With the discussion management features for Discussions, you can:

  1. Search entries or authors.
  2. Filter by unread replies by clicking the Unread button.
  3. Collapse and Expand all discussion replies.
  4. Subscribe/unsubscribe to the discussion. [You are automatically subscribed to discussions you create or reply to.]
  5. Edit the discussion post.
  6. Open the settings icon to mark all posts as read, Delete the post, or close the topic to replies. [Graded discussions will also have an option to access SpeedGrader™ and add/view Rubric.]
  7. View how many unread and replies are in a thread (blue are new replies and gray are the total number of replies).
  8. Collapse and expand individual threaded discussions by hovering over the top of the white box containing the entire reply.
  9. Comment on a reply within a threaded discussion. Click the reply link to respond to another post.

View Hierarchy of Replies

View Hierarchy of Replies

With Threaded Discussions, you can see when a student replies to another student's reply. Replies are hierarchal.

In this example, Emily Boone replied to the discussion topic [1]. Canvas Student replied to Emily Boone [2], and Bruce Jones replied to Canvas Student [3].

Go to Topic and Parent Topic

The Settings icon allows you to Go To Topic [1] (go back to the original topic of the Discussion that you replied to), edit, or delete the reply.

In Threaded Discussions, sub-replies allow you to Go to Parent [2] (go back to the previous response).

View New, Unread, and Read Replies

A blue dot [1] indicates the reply is new and unread. A white dot [2] indicates a reply is read. When you navigate away from the Discussion or refresh the page, the blue dots will change to white dots indicating the replies are read. You can manually mark your posts as read or unread.

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