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Canvas Discussions

You can use Discussions to start discussions with and among your students.

  1. Log in to Canvas at canvas.brown.edu.
  2. Click Courses in the Global Navigation menu on the left, then select your course.
  3. Click Discussions in the Course Navigation menu.
  4. Click + Discussion.
  5. Enter the title of the discussion in the Topic Title box.
  6. Enter the discussion prompt in the text box below.
  7. (OPTIONAL) In the Attachment menu, click Browse... to add a file as a resource or prompt for the discussion.
  8. Select Allow Threaded Replies to allow students to respond to each other’s posts.
  9. Select Users must post before seeing replies to hide replies from students until they post their own.
  10. Select Enable podcast feed to make the discussion and its replies available as a podcast.
  11. Select Graded to make the Discussion graded and enable more options.
  12. Select Allow Liking to allow users to "like" posts. Then, choose who can "like" posts and whether to sort posts by the number of "likes" they receive.
  13. Select This is a Group Discussion to separate the Discussion to each group within a Group Set. Then, select the Group Set to which to assign it.
  14. Enter beginning and end dates of availability in the Available from and Until boxes, respectively, to limit student access to the discussion to a certain date range.
  15. For a graded Discussion, configure the following options:
    1. In the Points Possible box, enter the maximum amount of points that students can earn for the discussion.
    2. In the Display Grade as menu, select the unit with which to display grades.
    3. In the Assignment group menu, select the appropriate assignment group for the Discussion
    4. In the Assign menu, select whom to assign the Discussion in the Assign to box, then enter the due date in the Due box.
    5. In the Assign menu, enter beginning and end dates of availability in the Available from boxes to limit Discussion participants' access to a certain date range. These dates will override any entered in step 14.
  16. Click Save.

 

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