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How do I create discussion spaces for my entire class to engage in discussion?

These instructions assume you have already logged in to D2L and entered the course in which you wish to work.


Create Forum(s) before you create Topics. Every Discussion topic is nested inside a Forum. A Forum can house multiple Topics.

Create a Forum

  1. Click on "Communication" in the navigation bar.

  2. Select "Discussions" from the menu that opens.
  3. Click the "New" button.
  4. Select "New Forum".
  5. Designate a title for the Forum.
  6. Provide a Description if desired.
  7. (optional) Select Options that will be applied to all Topics within this Forum
    1. Select "Allow anonymous posts" to allow users to post anonymously to all Topics created in this Forum. This option cannot be changed after students have made posts.
    2. Select "A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum" if you want to hide student's posts for all topics in this Forum until such time as you approve each individual post.
    3. Select "Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in the topic" if you want all student's posts to topics in this Forum to stay hidden from each individual student until that student makes a post themselves.
    4. Select "Display forum description in topics" to have the Forum description replicated in the description field of every Topic in this Forum.
  8. (optional) Set Restrictions to be applied to all Topics within this Forum.
  9. Click "Save and Close".

Note: Forums are not visible to students unless at least one visible Topic exists in the Forum.


Create a Topic

  1. At Discussions click the "New" button.
  2. Select "New Topic".
  3. Choose a Forum from the drop down menu to which this topic will be placed.
  4. Leave the Topic Type option to "Open Topic" to allow all students in the course to participate in the discussion topic.
  5. Designate a title for the Topic.
  6. (optional) Select Options that will be applied to this Topic. Note: any options and restrictions set for the Forum to which this topic is placed will be applied to this topic and supersede additional options set at the topic.
    1. Select "Allow anonymous posts" to allow users to post anonymously to this Topic. This option cannot be changed after students have made posts.
    2. Select "A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the topic" if you want to hide student's posts for this topic until such time as you approve each individual post.
    3. Select "Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in the topic" if you want all student's posts in this topics to stay hidden from each individual student until that student makes a post themselves.
  7. (optional) Select a way for students to "Rate Posts".
  8. (optional) Set Restrictions to be applied to this Topic.
  9. (optional) Set Assessment options to associate this topic to a specific grade item.
  10. Click the "Save and Close" button.


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