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To open the Discussions tool, click on the Evaluation link group in the default course NavBar and then select Discussions.
Adding a Forum
You will need to create a Forum in order to create Topics. Students will post/respond to topics. Note that any restrictions you place on the forum level will be inherited by all of the topics within that forum. For example, placing availability or locking dates on the forum level will open and close all of the topics within that forum, overriding any dates you may have placed on the topics themselves.
Adding a Topic
You will need to create a Forum before you can create Topics.
Once you have added a Topic, your Discussion Forum will now be visible and the students will be able to post threads.
Posting a Thread
You will need to have created a Forum and Topic in order for you and your students to be able to post a thread. A Thread is a response to the Topic.
The Assessment Tab under the New Topic page will allow you to grade a discussion topic should you choose to do so. Turning the discussion into a graded item is similar to setting other tools in D2L, such as the Dropbox or Assessments, as graded items.
To turn on the grading feature within a discussion board topic:
Grading a Discussion Board Topic
Grading Discussion Board Topics is achieved through the Assess Topic page. This page groups together all posts made by individual students so that an instructor may view a student's entire topic performance in a single window. Please note that it may be necessary to read through he discussion board topic in its entirety before trying to assess the students. This way, the instructor has the relevant contextual information necessary in order to rate the merit of student responses.
Additional Considerations for Grading Discussions
D2L supports two different views in the Discussions tool, Grid View and Reading View. Grid View is the traditional view used by earlier versions of D2L. Beginning with ETSU's 10.3 upgrade in January 2014, the Reading View became the default.
Follow these steps to configure your Default View in the Discussion Board:
Grid View Example:
Reading View Example:
Some features of the Discussion Tool can be changed on the individual user's view. Students can also change the way they view discussions. You can access these settings by clicking the Settings icon from within the Discussion Tool.