How do I use Discussions Redesign as an observer?

If enabled by your student's school, you can use Discussions Redesign to view your student's discussions.


  • Your student's teacher may choose to hide the Discussions link in Course Navigation. If the Discussions link is not available, you can still access Discussions through other areas of Canvas.
  • If Discussions Redesign is not available in your student's course, it has not been enabled by your student's school.
  • This lesson shows how to use Discussions Redesign. If your discussions don’t look the same as what’s shown in this lesson, please view how to view the classic Discussions interface.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Open Discussion

To view the details of a discussion in the Discussions Redesign interface, click the name of the discussion.

View Discussion

A discussion displayed in the Discussions Redesign interface includes three sections: the discussion toolbar [1], discussion topic [2], and discussion replies [3]. 

View Discussion Toolbar

The discussion toolbar will remain at the top of the screen when you are viewing discussion replies.

To search for replies or specific authors, enter your terms in the search field [1].

To filter replies, click the Filter drop-down menu [2]. You can filter by all replies or unread replies.

To sort replies by newest or oldest, click the Sort button [3].

To return to the top of a discussion, click the Top button [4].

View Discussion Topic

The discussion topic section includes important information about the discussion, including the discussion title [1] and description [2].

You can also view the name of the author [3], the date and time the discussion was published [4], due date [5], an indicator for a graded discussion [6], the number of points possible [7], and number of replies [8].

View Discussion Replies

View Discussion Replies

Discussion replies display below the discussion topic. Learn how to view and sort discussion replies.