Discussions can be a very personal experience. So it’s important to have the settings the way you want them. To edit the discussion settings, go to Discussions and then look for the settings link in the upper right.
This will open the options in Discussions:
Here you will have some choices. The first is whether you want the Discussions List Pane to appear on the left side of the screen when you visit a Discussion topic.
The second option is to view deleted posts. This is off by default, but if you delete a post and want to return to it (think student appeal), you can.
The next option is Grid View or Reading View. Grid view shows the posts in a hierarchy like the old bulletin boards with replies indented. Reading View is more like Facebook with each thread being like a post that others reply to.
Next, users have the option to include the original message in replies and to subscribe automatically to threads that you create. Both are helpful when you want to follow the context of the discussion. Again, these are choices of preference.
The final option on this first screenshot is the ability to rank posts. We have this off by default, but if you like to have students do this, you can turn it on here. The options are 1-5 stars, up/down vote or just up votes.
The rest of the Discussion Settings look like this:
You can choose some overarching settings for the access you want students to have before and after start/end dates. You can allow topics to be visible but with access restricted (the default), visible with submission restricted, or hidden.
If you choose the Grid View, you have a few more options that you can choose from. These are all personal preference, from if you want the directions to show up with the posts or have a search bar or if you want to limit the number of characters in the subject. Feel free to play with these if you’d like, but they will work without any changes.
When you are done with this page, click Save.