How do I create a discussion

How do I create a Discussion as an instructor?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

As an instructor, you can create a discussion for your course.

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Create Discussion

In the Title field [1], create a title for your discussion.

Use the Rich Content Editor [2] to create content for your discussion. You can also add links, files, and images to the discussion using the content selector [3].

You can also add an attachment to your discussion by clicking the Choose File button [4].

Add Discussion Options

By default, discussions are created as focused discussions. To create a threaded discussion, click the Allow threaded replies checkbox [1]. Learn more about focused and threaded discussions.

To require users to reply to the discussion before they can see any other replies, click the Users must post before seeing replies checkbox [2].

To enable a discussion podcast feed, click the Enable podcast feed checkbox [3].

To create a graded discussion, click the Graded checkbox [4]. You can assign graded discussions to individual students and sections and assign graded discussions to groups.

To allow students to like discussion replies, click the Allow liking checkbox [5].

To make the discussion be a group discussion, click the This is a Group Discussion checkbox.

To make your discussion available on a specific date or during a specific date range, enter the dates in the Available From and Until fields, or click the calendar icons to select dates.

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your discussion, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your discussion and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

When your discussion is saved in a draft state, you can return to the page and publish it at any time by clicking thePublish button.

View Discussion

View the discussion.

From the Canvas Instructor Guides

Updated: August 31st, 2016; rtr

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