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Star Discussions

You can star a discussion to bring it to the top of the list of discussions. This only affects your view, it cannot be seen by others and does not affect their view. Anyone can star a discussion.

While viewing the forum:

  • Click the empty star icon to the left of the discussion. A filled in star means the discussion has already been starred.

 star icons on the left of discussions

While viewing the discussion:

  • Click Settings in the upper right and select "Star this discussion"

 star this discussion

 

Pin Discussions

You can pin a discussion to bring it to the top of the list of discussions for everyone. Only instructors can pin discussions.

While viewing the forum:

  •  Click the three dots to the right of the discussion. Then select "Pin this discussion." A pinned discussion will have a pin icon to the left.

 pin discussion

While viewing the discussion:

  • Click Settings in the upper right and select "Pin this discussion"

 pin this discussion

 

Lock Discussions

You can lock a discussion to prevent any further replies within that discussion thread. Only instructors can lock discussions.

While viewing the forum:

  •  Click the three dots to the right of the discussion. Then select "Lock this discussion." A locked discussion will say Locked under the discussion subject.

 lock discussion

While viewing the discussion:

  • Click Settings in the upper right and select "Lock this discussion"

 lock this discussion

 

Subscribe to Discussions

You can subscribe to a discussion to receive an email notification whenever someone replies within the discussion thread.

While viewing the forum:

  • Click the slide button in the Subscribe column for that discussion thread. If you are already subscribed to a discussion, it will be blue.

 subscribe to discussion thread

While viewing the discussion:

  •  Click Settings in the upper right and select "Subscribe to this discussion"

 subscribe to this discussion

 

Subscribe to an entire Forum

You can subscribe to an entire forum to receive an email notification whenever anyone posts anywhere within the forum. While viewing the forum, click on the gear icon in the upper right to open the Forum Administration area and choose Subscribe to this Forum.

 subscribe to this forum

 

Reply to Posts (including reply privately)

While viewing the post, click Reply in the lower right.

 reply link in lower right of forum post

To access the text editor toolbar or to add an attachment, click Advanced in the lower right.

advanced in lower right

By default the reply is visible to everyone in the course or everyone in the group (if set to groups). If you wish to reply privately, check the box for "Reply privately." Only instructors can reply privately.

 check reply privately box

When finished click Submit.

 submit button in lower left

Private replies will display "This is a private reply. It is not visible to other participants" above the text of the post.

 private reply message

 

Summary Report of Participation

The Summary Report provides an overview of the participation level for each student in a forum.

To access, while viewing your forum click the gear icon on the upper right to open the Forum Administration area. Choose Summary Report. 

 Summary Report link in Forum Admin

For each student you will see the number of discussions posted, number of replies posted, the date and time they first posted in the discussion, and the date and time of their most recent post, among other information. You can also export to Excel the table information and full text of posts for each student.

 summary report

You can bulk message students from this page. Check the box to the left of each student you wish to message. Scroll to the bottom of the table and for the dropdown “With selected users” select “Send message.”

 check the boxes and with selected users send a message

Compose your message and click Send.

 message popup window