How do I start or reply to a discussion thread?

The Discussions tool is an area where students and instructors can read, reply, and start discussion posts on different topics. Discussions can be used for assessments, sharing thoughts about course materials, asking questions, sharing files, or working with peers.

Creating a Discussion thread

1. On the navbar under communication click Discussions. 

Selecting Discussions

2. Select the topic where you want to create a thread.

Selecting Topic
Selecting a Topic

3. Click Start a New Thread.

Selecting Start a New Thread
Selecting Start a New Thread

4. Enter a subject and write your post.

Entering Subject and Post
Adding Subject and Post

7. Click Post.

Post Discussion
Clicking Post to publish Discussion

Replying to a Discussion thread

1. On the navbar under communication click Discussions. 

2. Locate the thread you want to reply to then do either of the following.

  • Reply to Thread, to reply to the main thread post OR
  • Click Reply to reply to a particular post inside the thread


Replying to a thread
Clicking Reply to Thread

3. Enter your reply.

Replying to Thread
Replying to Thread

4. Click Post. 

Discussion Options

When you post or reply to a discussion there are a variety of options to pay attention to before posting your thread.


Discussion Post Options
Discussion Post Options

Pin thread: Pinning a thread makes it appear at the top of the Discussion List.

Subscribe to this thread: To receive updates on the thread.

Add Attachments: Attach a file to your Discussion post.

Post to Other Topics: Post your thread or reply to additional topics.

Changing Discussion Settings

1. On the navbar under communication click Discussions. 

2. On the Discussions List page, click Settings

Selecting Discussion Settings
Selecting Discussion Settings

3. Under Personal Settings you can do any of the following:

Personal Settings
Personal Settings for Discussions
  • To show topics in the View Topic and View thread pages, select the Always Show the Discussions List Pane check box.
  • To change how you view Discussions select either Grid view or Reading View
  • To automatically include the original post when replying, select the Include original post in reply check box
  • To automatically subscribe to a thread when creating it select the When creating a new thread, subscribe to the thread by default check box

Under Grid View Settings you can any of the following:

Grid Settings
Grid Settings for Discussions
  • To view posts in a thread select Threaded. To view posts in chronological order select Unthreaded. 
  • To display posts at the bottom of the screen, instead of viewing posts in a pop-up window, select the Show the Preview Pane check box.
  • To search posts select the Show Search Bar check box.
  • To see the Post ID select the Post ID check box.
  • To limit the number of characters that display in a subject line select the Limit the number of characters of the subject to display in the post check box and type in a number between 1 and150 in the box.

4. When you are done, click Save.

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