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  • When creating a discussion, you can require students to comment and provide feedback of another student's work. Learn more about peer review discussions.

    Peer reviews can only be created with graded discussions and do not have an anonymous option.

    For peer reviews, you can choose to manually assign peer reviews or automatically assign peer reviews. To complete the peer review, students are required to leave at least one comment. If you include a rubric, they are also required to complete the rubric.

    Note: To learn how graded discussion and peer review due dates appear in a student's To Do list, view the Peer Review Tips PDF.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide, peer review
  • You can insert a podcast feed for your discussion topics. A podcast is a way to distribute digital content for download on the Internet. A podcast feed is the file you use to distribute your discussion for users who want to subscribe through external podcasting channels.

    Note: The Record/Upload Media Comment tool in the Rich Content Editor must be used for updates to be added to the podcast feed. Text-only discussion posts are not included in the feed.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • You can create a graded discussion for a course group by using the Group Discussion checkbox. Canvas uses group sets to assign group discussions, and each group within the group set that is assigned to the discussion is required to complete the discussion.

    You will need to assign a group set as part of the discussion. You can add an existing group set, or you can create a new group set as part of the assignment and add students to groups later. However, if you create a group set with self sign-up or manual group assignments, you will not be able to use the group set until users have been added to the subgroups.

    When differentiating groups in graded discussions, students can only view the discussion if they are a member of an assigned group. Otherwise the discussion does not appear in the group's discussions page. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades. 

    You can still view the links to all groups that are in the group set (as with any other group discussion). However, if you do not select a group in the differentiated assignments list, the group does not show a differentiated due date.

    When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, graded discussions are also respected against closed grading periods.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Groups, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • When creating or editing a graded discussion, you can assign a graded discussion to a specific course section. Availability date functionality is still available for each graded discussion.

    Only the section(s) specified in the discussion details can view the graded discussion.

    When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the graded discussion appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the discussion. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades.

    When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, assignments are also respected against closed grading periods.

    Tags Canvas, differentiated, Differentiated Assignments, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide, section, Varied Due Dates
  • When creating or editing a graded discussion, you can assign a graded discussion to a specific student. Availability date functionality is still available for each graded discussion.

    Only the student(s) specified in the discussion details can view the graded discussion.

    When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the graded discussion appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the discussion. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades.

    When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, assignments are also respected against closed grading periods.

    Note: If your course is using MasteryPaths, you do not have to manually assign graded discussions to individual students. Learn how to assign assignments to MasteryPaths.

    Tags Canvas, differentiated, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide, Varied Due Dates, varued due dates
  • 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.

    Note: You will need to create group sets and groups before setting up a group discussion assignment.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Groups, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • You can delete a discussion or graded discussion at any time.

    Note: When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, graded discussions are not currently validated against closed grading periods. Deleting a graded discussion may affect the total grade for students in your course.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Updated on: Oct 07, 2017

    How do I edit a discussion in a course?

    You can easily edit a discussion you've already created.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • Updated on: Oct 07, 2017

    How do I use Draft State in Discussions?

    Draft State allows content in Discussions to exist in an unpublished (draft) state. Unpublished content is invisible to students, and graded discussions are excluded from grade calculations.

    Note: If you use Modules in your course and add a Discussion to a Module, please be aware that the state of the Module overrides the state of all module items. You may want to consider leaving Discussions unpublished until you are ready to publish the entire Module. For more information please see the Modules Draft State lesson.

    Tags Canvas, Discussions, draft state, Instructor, Instructor Guide
  • The Discussion Index page allows you to view all the discussions within a course. As an instructor, you can add discussions and modify discussion settings.

    Tags blueprint courses, Canvas, Discussions, Instructor, Instructor Guide, MasteryPaths