How do I allow students to create a course discussion?
You can allow students to create a new discussion by changing the settings from the Discussions page. When this setting is enabled, discussions created by students become part of the course and are included in future course copies and exports unless the discussions are deleted.
The course discussion student setting can also be changed from the Course Settings page.
Note: If a student creates a discussion that includes a file, the file will be added to the unfiled folder in course files.
In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.
Click the Settings icon.
Edit Discussion Settings
Check the Create discussion topics checkbox.