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Participating in Discussions in D2L

You can participate in discussion in one of two ways: by posting a new thread to a discussion topic or by replying to a thread that a student has posted. To keep track of new activity, you can also subscribe to a discussion and receive updates by email or text message immediately or as a daily email summary.

Post a New Thread

  1. Click Discussions in your course navigation bar. The Discussions List page will open.
  2. Click the title of the discussion topic to which you want to add a thread.
  3. Click the Start a New Thread button. Text boxes will be displayed that will allow you to compose your thread.
  4. Start a new discussion thread
  5. Enter a subject for your thread and its main content in the text boxes. You can add images and video to your post and format your text; view the HTML Editor guide to learn more.
  6. Select any other posting options if you want to use them (optional). You can learn more about these options at the D2L Resource Center.
  7. Click the Post button at the bottom of the page. You'll return to the discussion topic's page, and your post will now appear under the discussion topic.

Reply to a Thread

  1. Click Discussions in your course navigation bar. The Discussions List page will open.
  2. Click the title of the discussion topic that contains the thread to which you want to reply.
  3. Click the title of the thread to which you want to reply.
  4. Click the Reply to Thread button. Text boxes will be displayed that allow you to compose your reply. 
  5. Reply to a discussion thread
  6. Enter text, images or other content for your reply.
  7. Click the Post button. Your reply will now appear below the discussion thread.

Subscribe to a Discussion Forum or Topic

  1. Click Discussions in your course navigation bar. The Discussions List page will open.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of the title of the discussion forum or topic to which you want to subscribe, then select Subscribe from the dropdown menu. A pop-up window with notifications options will open.

    Subscribe to a discussion forum
  3. Select a notification frequency option:
    • Send me an instant notification: Receive a separate email notification as each student posts or replies to a thread.

      NOTE: If you choose this option, you will also need to change your D2L Instant Notification settings. See steps 5-9 for instructions.

    • Include in my summary of activity: Receive a daily summary of all posts to a forum or topic.
    • Show notifications in minibar only: Receive no email notifications, but have alerts for new posts show up in your update alerts in D2L, which are displayed in the top menu and on your D2L home page.
  4. Click the Subscribe button at the bottom of the window. The window will close, and you'll receive notification of posts to the discussion topic or forum.
  5. If you selected Send me an instant notification, you will also need to modify your D2L Instant Notifications settings. To do so, click your name in the top minibar. A dropdown menu will appear.
  6.  Click Notifications.
  7. Navigate to the Instant Notifications section. 
  8. Select the box in the Email column, to the right of Discussions – a new post in a forum, topic, or thread that I subscribed to in instant notifications.

    Discussions Instant Notifications
  9. Select Save at the bottom of the page.

NEXT STEPS

If you plan to grade students' participation in a discussion, view the Grading Discussions guide.

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