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Create a thread in Discussions

  1. Click on the topic where you want to create a thread.
  2. Click Start a New Thread.
  3. Enter a Subject.
  4. Enter your Post.
  5. Set other posting options:
    • Selecting Pin thread keeps the thread at the top of the list.
    • Select Post as Anonymous to post anonymously
    • Select Subscribe to this thread to receive updates on the thread via your selected notification method.
  6. Select Add attachments and click on Upload or Choose Existing  to locate the file(s) you want to attach, or, if you are using a supported browser, drag and drop your files onto the attachments upload target. You can attach as many files as you want.
  7. Attach an audio recording In the Attachments area, click Record Audio. Ensure your microphone is set up correctly and click Record. Click Flash Settings to make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume. Click Play to listen to your recording. Click Clear to erase your recording. If you have pre-recorded audio and are using a supported browser, you can drag audio files onto the attachments upload target. Attach a video recording In the Attachments area, click Record Video. Click Allow when the Flash player prompts you to allow camera and microphone access. Click Record. Click Stop when you finish recording. Click Clear to erase your recording or Add to add the recording. If you have pre-recorded video and are using a supported browser, you can drag video files onto the attachments upload target.
  8. Click Post to other topics to post your thread to more than one topic simultaneously.
  9. Click Add Topics, and select the topics you would like your thread to appear in. To post in every topic simultaneously, select the Select All check box, then click Add Topics.
  10. Click Post.

If the topic is moderated, your post will not appear until a moderator approves it. Moderated topics will display Moderated beside the topic name in Discussions List. Inside the topic, all threads track how many Unapproved replies each thread contains. Inside the thread, any posts requiring approval display Approve Post in the subject header.

If a topic is accessible, and has one or more rubrics attached to it, you will see a Rubrics section in the collapsible Discussions area at the top of the topic that contains links to any rubrics associated with the topic. To preview the expectations for the topic, click on the rubric. It will open in a pop-up window.

Reply to a thread in Discussions

  1. Locate the thread you want to reply to.
  2. Click Reply to Thread to reply to the main thread post or click Reply to reply to a particular post inside the thread.
  3. Enter your reply in the HTML Editor. To include the original post’s text in your reply, click the Add original post text link. (If this option is already enabled by your course administrator, this message will not display.)
  4. Set any other options you want (note that some of these options may not have been enabled by your instructor).
    • Select Post as Anonymous to post anonymously.
    • Select Subscribe to this thread to receive updates to the thread via your selected notification method.
    • Select Add attachments and click on Upload or Choose Existing  to locate the file(s) you want to attach, or, if you are using a supported browser, drag and drop your files onto the attachments upload target. You can attach as many files as you want.
  5. Attach an audio recording In the Attachments area, click Record Audio. Ensure your microphone is set up correctly and click Record. Click Flash Settings to make adjustments to your microphone selection and volume. Click Play to listen to your recording. Click Clear to erase your recording. If you have pre-recorded audio and are using a supported browser, you can drag audio files onto the attachments upload target. Attach a video recording In the Attachments area, click Record Video. Click Allow when the Flash player prompts you to allow camera and microphone access. Click Record. Click Stop when you finish recording. Click Clear to erase your recording or Add to add the recording. If you have pre-recorded video and are using a supported browser, you can drag video files onto the attachments upload target.
  6. Click Post.