Threaded Discussions and New Discussion Management Features now Available
With the recent update to Canvas you can now choose to have threaded discussion topics or comment style discussion topics. This has been an expected addition for quite a long time. In addition you can also enable threading on existing discussion topics and from that point on the discussion will be threaded. In this tips and tricks you will learn how to enable threaded discussions for existing topics and new discussions. You will also get a glimpse of how they look and behave.
Converting an existing discussion topic
Note: this process is not retroactive, in existing discussions you may not notice much of a difference till students start to post replies.
First we need locate and edit the discussion topic.
Create a new threaded topic
- Unread replies and total replies
This will track how many new replies have been posted along with the total number of posts in the discussion. This works in conjunction with 2.
- Unread/read indicator
For new posts a blue bar will appear next to the name of the poster and will remain blue for a few seconds while on the screen and then will change to a grey color indicating that the message has been read.
- Reply management menu
This menu will allow you to edit or delete posts from the discussion topic.
- Add Reply to Topic
The style has been modified to better indicate where you post will go.