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 Written Instructions

Step One: Create a Forum

  1. Click Discussions from the Navigation bar. 
  2. Click the New button.
  3. Click New Forum.                                                                                                                         New forum
    • Title: Give the Forum a title. (Examples: General Course Discussions, Module 1, Week One)
    • Description: The description space is available to give details concerning the Forum, it is not needed in large group discussion and can be left blank.
    • Allow anonymous posts: This option is available at the topic level and can be left unchecked
    • A moderator must be approved before being displayed: This requires the instructor to approve every message before it can be displayed. Its use is not recommended.
    • Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads:  If chosen, this option requires students to create an original post before viewing peers' posts. 
    • Display forum description in topics: This option is used when working with small group discussions and can be ignored for full class discussions.
    • Availability: Determine if this forum (and all topics that fall within it) will be displayed, hidden, or only displayed for a a certain amount of time. 
    • Locking: Determine if this forum (and all topics that fall within it) are open for discussion. Keep it unlocked so students can add to the discussion, lock the forum to prevent students from adding to the discussion, or only allow students to post for a specific amount of time.
  4. Click Save


Step Two: Create a Topic

  1. Click Discussions from the Navigation.
  2. Click the New button.
  3. Select Topic.                                                                                                                               New topic
  4. Complete the topic details:
    • Forum: Use the dropdown to determine which forum (heading) the topic should fall under.
    • Topic Type: Choose Open topic, everyone can access this topic and its contents
    • Title: Give the topic a title.
    • Description: Type the discussion prompt. What do you want the students to discuss in the area?
    • Allow anonymous messages: By default all discussion postings include the author as well as a time/date stamp. This will give the option for students to show the author as "anonymous" You will have no way of determining who wrote what in the topic.
    • Messages must be approved before being displayed: This requires the instructor to approve every message before it can be displayed. Its use is not recommended.
    • A user must compose a message before participating in the topic: This is a new feature. This makes sure that students have to compose an original thought/paragraph/response before they are able to see any other student's discussion response. 
        composemessagefirst
    • Availability: Determine if this topic will be displayed, hidden, or only displayed for a a certain amount of time.
    • Locking: Determine if this topic is open for discussion. Keep it unlocked so students can add to the discussion, lock the forum to prevent students from adding to the discussion, or only allow students to post for a specific amount of time.

   4. Click Save.  Save and New will create another topic.

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