Create New Forums and Topics in iCollege

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Overview

This post outlines how to create new forums and topics under the “Discussions” tab in iCollege.

Contents

How to Create New Forums and Topics

Create a New Forum

  1. Within your Course Homepage:
    1. Click Communications
    2. Click Discussions
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  2. Within the Discussions page:
    1. Click the New drop-down tab
    2. Click New Forum
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  3. On the New Forum Details page, you can edit the following:
    1. Title – Create a Title
    2. Create a new topic in this forum with the same title – Automatically creates a new topic within the forum, in case you only need one topic within this forum.
    3. Description – Informs your students of the content of the forum submissions (can be a question or other conversation starter).
    4. Options include:
      • Allow anonymous posts -Selecting this option allows users to post anonymously to topics created within this forum. Anonymous posts display with the author “Anonymous” in the thread.
      • A moderator must approve individual posts before they can display in the forum -Selecting this option will require a moderator to approve posts to topics created within this forum before they display to users.
      • Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic -Selecting this option will require a user to start a new thread in a topic before viewing or replying to other threads in that topic in the forum. If this forum requires post approval, users will not be able to view or reply to other threads until their thread is approved
      • Display forum description in topics -Selecting this option will display the forum’s description in addition to the topic description when viewing a topic
    5. Availability can be edited from this page to allow or restrict visibility of the forum
    6. Locking Options can be edited to allow posting within a certain date or timeframe
    7. After you finish editing, click Save
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Add Restrictions to a Forum

  1. From the Properties page, click Restrictions.
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  3. Under the Restrictions tab:
    1. Release Conditions include:
      • Attach Existing – If previous release conditions have been created, select this option and choose the condition from the menu that appears
      • Create and attach – If no such previous conditions have been created, select this option. A New Release Condition Window will appear
        • From this window, select an option from the Condition Type drop-down menu. This allows you to select general conditions related to Checklists, Classlist, Competencies, Content, Discussions, Dropbox, Grades, Quizzes, or Surveys. The Create a New Release Condition window will be refreshed with a drop-down menu available for condition details specific to your condition type. Select an option from this drop-down menu and click Create.
    2. From the Group and Section Restrictions, you can Restrict this forum to the following groups – Add group restrictions to a forum. Mark the checkbox, then choose the appropriate group by clicking Add Groups
    3. When finished, click Save and Close
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    Add a Topic to a Forum

    1. Within your Course Homepage:
      1. Click Communications
      2. Click Discussions
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    2. Within the Discussions page:
      1. Click the New drop-down tab
      2. Click New Topic
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    3. Under the New Topic Details you can:
      1. Forum – The forum to which this topic belongs
      2. Title – The title for your topic
      3. Description – Informs your students of the content of the forum submissions (can be a question or other conversation starter)
      4. Options include:
        • Allow anonymous posts -Selecting this option allows users to post anonymously to topics created within this forum. Anonymous posts display with the author “Anonymous” in the thread.
        • A moderator must approve individual posts before they can display in the forum -Selecting this option will require a moderator to approve posts to topics created within this forum before they display to users.
        • Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic -Selecting this option will require a user to start a new thread in a topic before viewing or replying to other threads in that topic in the forum. If this forum requires post approval, users will not be able to view or reply to other threads until their thread is approved
      5. Rate Posts– The Rate Posts function allows users with the appropriate permissions to rate discussion posts in the org unit. Options include:
        • Five-Star Rating Scheme allows users to assign each post a score out of five
        • Up Vote/Down Vote Rating Scheme allows users to increase or decrease a post’s rating
        • Up Vote Only Rating Scheme allows users to increase a post’s rating
        • No Ratings hides all rating controls from users
      6. Availability can be edited from this page to allow or restrict visibility of the forum
      7. Locking Options can be edited to allow posting within a certain date or timeframe
      8. After you finish editing, click Save
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    Add Grading Options to a Topic

    1. From the Properties page, click Assessment
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    3. Under the Assessment tab, you can:
      1. Grade Item – The grade item this assessment is attached to
      2. Score Out of – Total score of the grade item, which should match settings in the grade book
      3. Rubrics – The criteria on which a grade is based
      4. Posts-Allows all posts in a topic to be considered while grading a student’s contribution
      5. Click Save
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    Associating a Discussion Topic with a Learning Objective

    1. From the Assessment page, click Objectives
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    3. Click Associate Learning Objectives.
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    5. Browse the competency structure, expanding sections by clicking the plus sign or minimizing sections by clicking the minus sign. Select objectives using the checkboxes to the left of each objective. When objectives have been selected, click Add Selected.
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    Grading Discussion Topics

    1. From the Discussions Page:
      1. Click small-arrow
      2. Click Assess Topic
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    2. . Click Topic Score for the student submissions you are assessing.
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    4. Within the Topic Score page:
      1. Enter feedback related to all of the posts submitted by the student in the Feedback field
      2. Enter a score value for each individual post
      3. Click Save and Close
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    Help

    If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact the IIT Technology Service Desk at 404-413-HELP (404-413-4357) or help@gsu.edu.