The Discussions Tool allows you to create collaboration spaces where students can post, read, and reply to messages.


  • Students cannot create posts unless you create a forum topic.
  • Forums are categories and topics are the actual place where discussion takes place.
  • You can link a forum topic to a grade item, but you cannot link a forum to a grade item.

Print text guide, watch the video demo, or review the processes on this page.

Working with Discussion Forums and Topics

  1. Click on the Discussions
  2. Click the New button and select
  3. Type a forum title and select Create a new topic in this forum with the same title.
  4. Type forum description and/or discussion questions.
  5. Set forum start and end dates.
  6. Click Save and Close.
  1. While in the discussions list, click New and select Topic.
  2. Click on the forum’s drop-down and select a forum.
  3. Enter a topic’s title.
  4. Set topic visibility start and end dates.
  5. Set topic locking options (optional).
  6. Click Save and Close.

Notes: Locking options restrict participation in the discussion topic. For example, students can see the topic discussion after its locking end date, but cannot create or reply to posts.

  1. Click Topic’s drop-down menu and select Edit.
  2. Click on the Assessment
  3. Click on Grade Item drop-down, (a) select a grade, and (b) enter maximum points in the Score Out Of box.
  1. Go to the Discussion list page.
  2. Click drop-down menu next to a topic and select Assess Topic.
  3. Click on Topic Score (listed under the student’s name you need to assess).
  4. (a) Enter number of points, (b) select Publish to Save, (c) enter feedback.
  5. Click Save and Close. You will return to the Assess Topic page.