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How do I read and post in Discussions?


The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework. This document contains the following information on how to,

Create a discussion thread

View a discussion topic

Reply to a discussion thread

Change discussion settings

Subscribe to a discussion

Unsubscribe from notifications

Discussions FAQ

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Create a discussion thread

  1. On the navbar, click  Discussions.
  2. Click the topic where you want to create a thread.
  3. Click Start a New Thread.
  4. Enter a subject.
  5. Enter your post.
  6. Set any of the following posting options:
  1. Click Post. If the topic is moderated, your post does not appear until a moderator approves it.

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View a discussion topic
If you are viewing a topic from the Discussions tool:

If you are viewing a topic from the Content tool:

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Reply to a discussion thread

  1. On the navbar, click  Discussions.
  2. Locate the thread you want to reply to.
  3. Do either of the following:
  1. Enter your reply in the HTML Editor. To include the original post’s text in your reply, click the Add original post text link. (If this option is already enabled by your course administrator, this message will not display.)
  2. Set any of the following options:
  1. Click Post.

Change discussion settings

  1. On the navbar, click  Discussions.
  2. On the Discussions List page, click  Settings.
  3. Do any of the following:
  1. Click Save.

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Subscribe to a discussion

  1. On the navbar, click  Discussions.
  2. Do either of the following:
  1. In the Customize Notifications pop-up window, select your Notification Method. If you do not have an email address set up in your user profile to receive notifications, in the Customize Notifications pop-up window, click the Add an email address in a new window link. Click the Enable email notifications link, then set your email preferences in the Email Settings pop-up window. Click Save.
  2. Click Subscribe.

Unsubscribe from notifications

  1. On the navbar, click  Discussions.
  2. Do either of the following:
  1. In the confirmation pop-up window, click Yes.

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Discussions FAQ

These questions and answers are from the Brightspace Community.

The discussion topic is missing, what do I do?

If you can’t locate a discussion topic or it’s missing, the instructor has either hidden it or had set a start and end date for discussion visibility that has now passed. Contact the instructor for further options in accessing the discussion topic.

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Why am I unable to post in a discussion I have access to?

If you can access a discussion but can’t post in it, the discussion’s permissions are set so that the discussion is visible for viewing but is locked and not available for posting. Check to see when the discussion was due. If the due date has passed, contact the course instructor for further information.

If the discussion’s due date has not passed, or if the discussion does not have a due date, contact the D2L Help Desk for help with this issue.

If the Post button is missing, click here.

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Why can't I access a discussion post?

If you are receiving a “Not Authorized” or “Internal Error” message when attempting to access a discussion post, the discussion may no longer be available and is hidden or the release conditions set on a discussion are not permitting access to the discussion.

Ensure that you are completing content modules in the order of activities as set forth by your instructor since there may be release conditions set around accessing a discussion topic. As well, verify that the due date for viewing the discussion has not passed. If it has, the discussion is not available anymore and has been hidden. Contact your instructor for any issues related to past due discussions.

If the due date has not passed and you are receiving an error message, contact the D2L Help Desk for help with this issue.

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Why can't I delete my discussion posts?

Students do not have permission to delete discussion posts. Contact the instructor if you need a post deleted as instructors have permission to delete discussion posts.

As a workaround, you can edit the discussion post and remove the content. Note that your changes will be recorded. Also, it is important to verify with the course instructor in case there is a specific method they want you to use for editing discussion posts.

Why are discussion posts not formatting correctly when I copy content over from another source?

If discussion posts are not formatting correctly when using copy and paste, ensure you have enabled and are using the proper tools for copying from another source.

  1. Ensure that the HTML Editor is enabled by navigating to the My Settings widget and selecting Account Settings.
  2. In the HTML Editor Settings section, clear the Turn off rich text editor and view source check box.
  3. Click Save and Close.
  4. Copy the content into the HTML Editor by copying the content you want to post in the discussion into a Microsoft® Word document first.
  5. Make any formatting changes in the document.
  6. Select and copy the content from the document.
  7. In the HTML Editor, click Paste from Word.
  8. Paste the content into the new pop-up window that appears.
  9. Click Insert. The content should appear with correct formatting.

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There is no restriction on the discussion topic but I receive an Error message when trying to access it.

This issue can be caused when files with illegal characters in the file name are uploaded to a discussion topic. There is a workaround available.

  1. In the Discussions tool, click Settings.
  2. In the Default view section under Personal Settings, check if you are currently using Reading View. If so, select Grid View. Click Save.
  3. Return to the list of discussion topics and see if the error can be reproduced. If you are still unable to access the topic contact the Help Desk for further investigation.