You can perform tasks to manage both the discussion board itself and the content within forums and threads. For example, to keep students focused as the term progresses, edit forum settings or organize forums and threads to attract attention again. You can also forums to other locations, edit content, and delete unneeded forums or threads. You can also enable tagging and attach tags to help students locate important posts.
You can assign forum roles to limit access to a forum or to help with forum administration. For example, to help control the discussion board content that is presented to your students, you can assign a responsible user the role of moderator. To learn more, see Moderating Discussions.
Your school controls whether this tool is available. If this tool is not available, you can contact your school to discuss its status.
As the discussion progresses, you can solve some discussion issues by editing forum settings. For example, if students are posting to the wrong topic, you can fine-tune the forum name or description to clarify the forum's purpose.
You can create all forums at the beginning of the term and make them unavailable. When a forum is needed, edit the forum to make it available.
You can edit posts in any thread. If a student added inappropriate or inaccurate content, you can edit the post. When you create or edit a forum, you determine whether students are allowed to edit their published posts.
When you delete a forum or thread, all content is permanently deleted. For a less permanent solution, you can make a forum unavailable.
When deleting graded discussion content, you determine if the Grade Center column and scores are also deleted.
You can help students focus on the most relevant content by reorganizing your discussion board. When you create a forum, it is added to the bottom of the list. You can move the current forum to the top or delete forums that are no longer relevant.
Reorder forums using the drag-and-drop function—a double-tipped arrow or handle—to move them into place. Alternatively, reorder forums using the keyboard accessible reordering tool on the action bar.
You can copy discussion forums and add them to the current discussion board or to a group discussion board in the same course. To learn more, see Creating Group Discussions. Copying does not delete the content from the original location in a course. You have the option to copy a forum, the settings, and the posts, or to copy just a forum's settings.
To copy discussion board forums to another course, use the copy course utility. To learn more, see Copying Courses.
Copy the entire forum
If two distinct topics emerge during a discussion, you can create separate forums for these topics. Copy the forum and delete the off-topic posts from each forum.
When you copy content, all threads and replies appear in the new location, along with any file attachments.
Copy forum settings only
You can base a new forum on the settings from another forum. If you want students to submit a second research paper, copy the settings of the first research paper's forum. The forum is added with no threads.
Tags are text labels that act like bookmarks. You can tag posts to group similar messages together. For example, if the subject of scientific notation is discussed often, tag each of the posts on this topic. Students can read, filter, and search messages using these tags, but they cannot create tags.
In a forum's settings, you must enable Allow Post Tagging for tags to be created.
For faster discussion board loading, you can disable post tagging when forum usage is heavy. When you enable tagging again, all tags are restored.
On the Collection page, the tag you provided appears below each message you selected. If you provide multiple tags, all appear. You can include more tags following the same steps. To delete a tag, click the red X next to it.
Alternatively, you can add a tag to an individual message. Below the message, type the tag in the Add Tag box and click OK or click Choose from Existing to choose a tag from a list of tags that appear on the Collection page.
On the forum page, all tags appear in the Tags column. The column is only visible in List View.
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