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.
If you prefer to create a group discussion for grading, learn how to create graded group discussions.
Click the Add Discussion button.
Create Group Discussion
Create your discussion by utilizing the following options:
- Enter your topic title in the topic title field.
- Use the Rich Content Editor to format your content.
- Click the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.
Set Group Set
Click the Group Set drop-down menu to select which group should complete the group assignment. Only members from this group will be able to see and contribute to this Discussion.
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.
Set Availability Dates
To make your discussion available on a specific date or during a specific date range, enter the dates in the Available From and Until fields , or click the calendar icons to select dates. These dates apply to all users. By default, these fields are left blank and the discussion can be viewed throughout the entire course.
Note: These fields only apply for non-graded discussions; If you create a graded group discussion, these date fields do not apply.
Save and Publish
If you are ready to publish your discussion, click the Save & Publish button . If you want to create a draft of your discussion and publish it later, click the Save button .
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.
Note: Discussion posts cannot be made anonymously.