There are a few settings that can be applied at the discussion forum and topic level to manage discussions within a course, including:
Topic Visibility and Access
The Availability Conditions options can prevent users from accessing Forums/Topics, creating or editing threads and replies in Topics, or even seeing the Forums/Topics on the Discussions page. These restrictions only affect those users who do not have permission to create or edit content (e.g., Learners, and observer roles). You can assign specific Start and End Dates for when a Forum or Topic (un)locks and customize students’ access to them outside of this timeframe.
Setting availability conditions is an effective way of closing a conversation while allowing users to refer back to threads. Consider setting the Topic to “Visible with submission restricted” after the End Date, and then pinning a summary thread of your own within the Topic so that it appears at the top of the list for viewers.
|To lock a discussion topic:|
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 Properties tab when creating or editing a forum or topic. Once you enable thread approval, a Moderated notification 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.
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:|
You have now hidden a discussion forum or topic.
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