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How do I create a discussion as an instructor?

As an instructor, you can create a discussion for your course.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Add Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Create Discussion

In the Title field [1], create a title for your discussion.

Use the Rich Content Editor [2] to create content for your discussion. You can also add links, files, and images to the discussion using the content selector [3].

You can also add an attachment to your discussion by clicking the Choose File button [4].

Add Discussion Options

Add Discussion Options

By default, discussions are created as focused discussions. To create a threaded discussion, click the Allow threaded replies checkbox [1].

To require users to reply to the discussion before they can see any other replies, click the Users must post before seeing replies checkbox [2].

To enable a discussion podcast feed, click the Enable podcast feed checkbox [3].

To create a graded discussion, click the Graded checkbox [4]. You can assign graded discussions to everyone, individual students, course sections, or course groups.

To allow students to like discussion replies, click the Allow liking checkbox [5].

To make the discussion be a group discussion, click the This is a Group Discussion checkbox [6].

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 [7], or click the calendar icons to select dates. Note that these fields only apply for non-graded discussions; If you create a graded discussion, these date fields do not apply.

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].

Publish Discussion

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.