How do I create a Group Discussion for my course?

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.

Groups are a subset of a course with a course-like environment including their own Calendar, Discussion board, and Collaboration tools. Only students added to a group have permission to see and use the respective tools within the group.

A group discussion assignment creates an identical discussion topic in each group category. When students reply to the discussion topic they do so within their group environment, which is linked to the course from which the assignment was created.

Note: You will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Add Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Create Group Discussion

Create Group 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 Group Discussion by clicking the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.

Note: If you want to make the Group Discussion graded, click the Graded checkbox [4]. Even though this is a group discussion, student submissions will be graded individually.

Set Group Set

Set Group Set

Click the Group Set drop-down menu to select which group should complete the group assignment.

Note: You will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment. If you select New Group Category in the drop-down menu, Canvas will generate the New Group Set dialog to create a group.

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your discussion, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your discussion and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

When your discussion is saved in a draft state, you can return to the page and publish it at any time by clicking the Publish button.

View Discussion

View Discussion

View the discussion. A Teacher or TA will see links to each group. Click the group name to open the group discussion and view replies to the topic.

Pin Group Discussion

Since students can create their own discussions within their groups, you have the option to pin Discussions that are important to the course. Learn more about Pinning Discussions.

Student View of Discussion

When students open the discussion, they will be taken to the Discussions page within their specified project group to complete the assignment.