Teaching Commons > Teaching Guides > Technology > Desire2Learn > Tools > Discussions > Creating Discussions
D2L uses specific terms to refer to different parts of the Discussions area:
Setting up a discussion is a two-step process: first create a forum that can hold one or more discussion topics, then create discussion topics within that forum.
Add restrictions to a discussion by making it available during specific dates or restricting it to groups of students. View Setting Dates for Discussions for more information.
Post the first thread to a discussion topic and require students to begin adding threads and replies to it. View Participating in Discussions for more information.