A Discussion must contain a Topic in order for users to create a post. (See also How do I create a new Discussion?)
Select the Discussions tool from Tool Menu in your site.
Topic titles are required for every topic.
Be aware that this short description only allows a maximum of 255 characters.
This description box allows the use of the Rich Text Editor.
Additionally, you can add file attachments to the discussion. Click the Add attachments button to browse for and select a file.
There are several topic posting options from which to choose. Any settings selected here will apply to this topic only.
Note: The anonymous setting cannot be changed once the topic is created, so be certain that you want anonymous postings before saving!
The default option is to Show Immediately, or you can choose to Specify dates to open (show) and/or close (hide).
Select to Allow email notifications for new messages whenever a new message is posted. Select to Include contents of messages in email notifications when email notifications are enabled.
The default option is to unchecked, allowing the user to mark each post as read after reading. Selecting this option will mark all messages within a conversation, or thread, as read.
When grading topic posts, select a specific item for the grades to be included in the Gradebook calculations.
Note: You must first create the Gradebook item in the Gradebook tool before you can select it to be associated with a topic.
If you would like to create multiple, private group topic areas, select the radio button for Automatically create multiple topics for groups and then check the box next to each group for which a topic should be created. Each group member will be set to "Contributor" in their group's topic and "None" in other automatically created topics. The default Student role will also automatically be set to the permission level of "None."
In most cases, the default topic permissions are appropriate. By default, instructors are discussion Owners, and all other site participants are Contributors. The topic owner may add and delete topics, modify permissions, edit the topic settings and topic descriptions, etc. Contributors may only read, post, and reply to messages.
To modify the default permissions, click Customize to expand the permission settings.
Note: Groups must already exist in order for group role permissions to display.
Once completed, scroll to the bottom of the page and select the Save button, or if you would like to add more topics to the same discussion, select the Save Settings & Add Topic button.
Note: All discussions need at least one topic in order to be active.