In the discussion board, threads grow as users respond to the initial and subsequent posts. Replies build on one another to construct a conversation. As the number of posts grows, you can filter, sort, and collect posts.

You can edit or delete your replies if allowed by your instructor. If you post a reply in error and the options to edit or delete don't appear, contact your instructor.

More on editing and deleting replies

Reply to a thread

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about replying to a discussion.

You can reply to published threads, but you can't reply to locked or hidden threads.

  1. Open a thread inside a forum.
  2. On the thread's page, you can view the text of the post and information, such as the author and posted date. All replies appear on the same page with the parent post.
  3. Point to the post to see options such as Reply, Quote, Edit, Delete, and Email Author. The Quote option includes the post's text as part of your reply. Select Reply. If you want to view only the unread posts in the thread, select Unread. The unread posts appear on one page.
  4. The page expands below the post you're responding to. You can view the post and access the editor.
  5. If needed, edit the Subject. Type your reply in the Message box. You can also attach a file.
  6. After the Message box, you can attach a file. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You may also be allowed to upload a file from the course's file repository: the Content Collection.

    If you upload a file from your computer, it won't be saved to the Content Collection.

  7. Select Save Draft to store a draft of the post or select Submit to publish your reply.

On the thread page, your reply appears at the end of the list. If you attached a file, a paper clip icon appears next to the post's title. If you used the Insert/Edit Image option, the image appears with the text.

More on editing and deleting replies

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Anonymous posts

Your instructor may allow you to post in the discussion anonymously.

To post anonymously, select the Post Message as Anonymous check box below the content editor when you draft your message. After you submit your post, it appears in the forum or thread and the author is listed as Anonymous. Your name and avatar don't appear with the post.

Anonymous posts contain no identifying information. Other students and your instructor won't know who posted if it's anonymous. If you post anonymously multiple times, your instructor and other students won't be able to tell that one person is responsible for the posts.

Save a post as a draft

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Ultra" help about saving your post as a draft.

You can use the Save Draft option if you need to return to your post at a later time. This option saves your comments and files on the page.

To access your drafts, return to the forum page and set it to List View. Point to Display and select Drafts Only to view the saved post.

Select the draft's title to open the Thread page. While viewing your post, point to it to view Edit and Delete. Select Edit to open the editor. After you make your updates, select Save Draft again to update the draft or Submit to publish the post.

More on saving your posts as drafts with JAWS

Rate posts

If allowed by your instructor, you can rate posts. Rating posts helps users focus on messages the others consider especially informative or useful.

Students start threads and include their work in their initial posts. Other users review the work, assign a rating to the initial post, and include comments in a response. Instructors can also rate posts.

  1. Open a thread inside a forum.
  2. On the thread's page, when you point to a thread's rating area, it changes to show Your Rating.
  3. Select one to five stars. You can add and remove stars at any time.
  4. Your rating is included in the Overall Rating—the combined rating of all users.

More on rating posts with JAWS

ULTRA: Reply to a discussion

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about replying to a discussion.

In a course, select the Discussions icon on the navigation bar to access the discussions page. Select a discussion to join in. Some discussions may also appear on the Course Content page.

When someone contributes to a discussion, an icon appears next to the item's title on the Course Content page.

Each time you open a discussion, new responses and replies appear with "New" to show any activity that's happened since your last visit. You can add a response, reply, or even reply to a reply.

You can use the options in the editor to format text, attach files, and embed multimedia. If you view the editor on a smaller screen, select the plus icon to view the menu of options. For example, select Insert/Edit Local Files—represented by the paper clip icon. Browse for a file from your computer. A status window appears to show the progress of the file upload.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.

Your instructor can hide discussion activity until you post a response.

More on editing and deleting in discussions

ULTRA: Find a participant

You don't have to sift through all of the course discussions to find the one you need. You can filter by participant name and see a list of contributions.

You may see a user in the Participants list with your instructor's last name appended with _PreviewUser. Your instructor has added a preview user to review the course content from a student's perspective.

ULTRA: Group discussions

Your instructor may assign you to a group to help focus the discussion. The first time you're assigned to a group discussion, a message appears on the Course Content page to let you know. On the Course Content and Discussions pages, your group name is listed after the group discussion title. The name of your group appears when you open the discussion, along with the list of your group members.

When you respond to a group discussion, only your group members and your instructor can view your posts.

More on group discussions

ULTRA: Save a post as a draft

Doesn't seem familiar? Jump to the "Original" help about saving your post as a draft.

If you're not quite ready to post, you can save your response or reply as a draft. Select Save Draft after you've typed content. Your draft shows in the discussion panel but is only visible to you. After your draft is saved, select Edit Draft to continue working. Your draft also appears in the participants menu.

ULTRA: Word count for discussion responses

As you create discussion responses, the word count appears below the editor. After you save your response, the word count no longer appears.

These items are included in the word count:

  • Individual words
  • Web links
  • Text in bulleted or numbered lists, but the bullets or numbers themselves aren't included
  • Superscript and subscript text not part of another word

These items and formatting elements don't affect the word count:

  • Images, videos, and file attachments
  • Math formulas
  • Blank spaces and lines
  • Alternative text

When you use punctuation to attach words or numbers, the count is affected. For example, "We went...without you" is counted as three words. The words or numbers on either side of the punctuation are counted as one word.