1. Locking a Discussion Topic
  2. Moderating Discussion Threads 
  3. Hiding Discussion Forums and Topics 

There are a few settings that can be applied at the discussion forum and topic level to manage discussions within a course, including:

Locking a Discussion Topic

Locking a topic prevents users from creating new posts or modifying existing posts, making the conversation read only. Users with permission can modify the contents of a locked topic. Locking a topic is an effective way of closing a conversation while allowing users to refer back to posts. Consider locking a topic to end a conversation, then using a pinned summary post inside the topic. When users access the topic, your summary appears at the top. 

You can specify start and end dates for when a forum or topic unlocks so you can set things up ahead of time to match your course’s calendar. 

To lock a discussion topic:
  1. Log in to Brightspace with your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. On your Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
    • Click on your course under My Courses.
    • Click the Course selector grid then search for your course name or select your course from the drop-down menu.
  3. In the Navbar at the top of your course page, click Tools.  
  4. In the drop-down menu, select Discussions. 
  5. From the context menu of the forum or topic you want to lock, click Edit. 
  6. On the Restrictions tab, select your Locking Options. 
  7. Click Save. 

You have now successfully locked a discussion.  

Moderating Discussion Threads 

If a topic requires post approval or moderation, posts only appear to users with permission to approve them. You must manually approve threads to make them visible to all users. Users with permission to approve threads in a topic can create approved threads automatically. 

You can enable and disable thread approval from the Propertiestab when creating or editing a forum or topic. Once you enable thread approval, a  Moderatednotification appears beside the forum or topic name. 

If a thread is not appropriate for the topic and you do not want to approve it, you can do any of the following: 

  • Leave the thread unapproved. 
  • Edit the thread before approving it. 
  • Delete the thread. 
  • You must manually approve threads in topics that require approval. Once you approve a thread, it is visible to all users. To hide the thread, you must unapprove it. 

To moderate a discussion thread:

  1. On the course navbar, click Tools then Discussions.
  2. Do any of the following: 
    • Beside the post you want to approve, click the Approve Post link. 
    • From the context menu of the post you want to approve, click Approve Post. 
    • To approve all posts in a thread, click Approve All Replies in Thread. 
    • From the context menu of the post you want to unapprove, click Unapprove Post. 
    • From the context menu of the thread you want to unapprove, click Unapprove Thread. 

You have now successfully moderated a discussion topic and the posts associated with the topic.  

Hiding Discussion Forums and Topics 

Hidden topics do not display on the Discussions List page, except to users with permission to see hidden forums and topics or permissions to manage discussions. By hiding topics, you can control which topics users can access at different times throughout the course. For example, you can create weekly discussion topics for users to reflect on the material covered in each week of the course and make each topic available for one week only. 

You can specify start and end dates for when a forum or topic is visible so you can set up visibility ahead of time to match your course’s calendar. 

Instead of scheduling a topic to disappear as soon as you want the discussion to end, consider locking the topic at that point and keeping it visible for another few days. This allows users to review the discussion after it closes so that they don’t miss the last posts added. 

WARNING: Hiding a forum is a “higher level” than topic. If you hide a discussion forum, all associated topics will also be hidden subsequentily.

To hide a forum or topic:

  1. In the course navbar, click Tools.
  2. In the drop-down menu, select Discussions. 
  3. From the context menu of the forum or topic you want to hide, click Hide from Users. 


You have now hidden a discussion forum or topic.  

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