Create New Forums and Topics in Desire2Learn

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Overview

This post outlines how to create new forums and topics under the “Discussions” tab in Desire2Learn.

Contents

How to Create New Forums and Topics

Create a New Forum

  1. Under the Communication tab, click Discussions.
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  3. Click the New drop-down tab and select New Forum.
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  5. 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. Allow anonymous posts (optional) – Useful for ungraded posts looking for anonymous input from students.
    5. A moderator must approve individual posts before they can display in the forum (optional) – Useful for potentially controversial topics.
    6. Availability and Locking Options can also be edited from this page to allow or restrict visibility of the forum as well as ability to post based on date
    7. After you finish editing, click Save and Close, or click the Restrictions tab to edit the restrictions settings for your forum .
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Add Restrictions to a Forum

  1. From the New Forum page, click the Restrictions tab.
  2. Under the Restrictions tab:
    1. Attach Existing – If previous release conditions have been created, select this option and choose the condition from the menu that appears
    2. 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.
    3. 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

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  3. When you are finished, click Save and Close.
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Add a Topic to a Forum

  1. Under the Communication tab, click Discussions.
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  3. Click the New drop-down tab, and Select New Topic.
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  5. 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. Allow anonymous posts (optional) – Useful for ungraded posts looking for anonymous input from students
    5. A moderator must approve individual posts before they can display in the forum (optional) – Useful for potentially controversial topics
    6. Availability and Locking Options can also be edited from this page to allow or restrict visibility of the forum as well as ability to post based on date
    7. After you finish editing, click Save and Close.
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Add Grading Options to a Topic

  1. From the New Topic page, click the Assessment tab.
  2. 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. Allow assessment of individual posts – Allows all posts in a topic to be considered while grading a student’s contribution
    5. Click Save and Close
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Associating a Discussion Topic with a Learning Objective

  1. From the New Topic page, click the Assessment tab.
  2. Click Associate Learning Objectives.
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  4. 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

There are many ways to access the Assess Topic page: from the Edit Topic page, from the Discussion List, and from the topic page itself.

  1. From theEdit Topic page, click Assess Topic at the top of the page.
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  3. From the Discussion List page, scroll to the topic you are searching for. Click the down arrow to the right of your topic title and select Assess Topic.
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  5. From the Topic page, click the down arrow to the right of your topic title and select Assess Topic.
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Grading Topic Submissions
  1. . Click Topic Score for the student submissions you are assessing.
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  3. Enter feedback related to all of the posts submitted by the student in the Feedback field, and enter a score value for each individual post. Click Save and Close.
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Help

If you have questions, or need assistance, please contact the IS&T Help Center at 404-413-HELP (404-413-4357) or help@gsu.edu.

 
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