How do I allow students to start a new Discussion?

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.

You can allow students to create a new discussion by changing the course settings. Settings are available in the Discussions Page or the Course Settings Page.

Discussions Page Settings

Discussions Page Settings

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Open Settings Icon

Open Settings Icon

Click the Settings icon to open Discussion settings.

Edit Discussion Settings

Edit Discussion Settings

Make sure you mark the Create discussion topics checkbox.

Course Settings

Course Settings

You can also change the Discussions permissions in the Course Settings.

In Course Navigation, click the Settings link.

View Course Details

View Course Details

View course details.

Select More Options

Select More Options

Click the More Options link.

Allow Students to Create Discussion Topics

Allow Students to Create Discussion Topics

Make sure you mark the Let students create discussion topics checkbox.

Update Course Details

Update Course Details

Click the Update Course Details button.

Open Student View

Open Student View

Click the Student View button.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Verify New Discussion

Verify New Discussion

Verify that students can start a new discussion.