What is difference between Availability and Locking Options?

 

Availability Options:

Within the Submission Review area, setting availability dates will keep a discussion topic hidden from the students until the start date is reached and will hide it from the students until the end date passes. Within the Course Content area, the students will see the discussion topic but not be able to see the topics' directions or be able to access the topic. After the availability end date, students will no longer be able to access or view any posts within the Course Content area.

 

Locking Options:

Within both the Submission Reivew and Course Content area, setting locking option dates will restrict students from posting to the discussion topic until the start date is reached and will not allow them to post after the end date. However, they will be able to see the discussion topic and it’s directions before the start date and allow students to view posts after the end date.

 

Video Tutorials

Set the Locking Options (2:18)

 

How to Navigate to the Discussion:

  1. Click the Submission Review Tab on the Navbar.
  2. Click Discussions.
  3. Click on the context menu contextMenuTriangleIcon.jpg Name of the Discussion Topic you wish to edit the settings.
  4. Click on Edit Topic.

To set the Locking Options:

  1. Click the link Show Locking Options.
  2. Click the radio button next to Unlock topic for a specific date range.
  3. To set a Start Date, click the checkbox next to Has a Start Date.
  4. Click in the date textbox to bring up a calendar. Click on the date you wish to have the topic unlock. NOTE - You can also type in a date.
  5. To set a End Date, click the checkbox next to Has a End Date.
  6. Click in the date textbox to bring up a calendar. Click on the date you wish to have the topic lock. NOTE - You can also type in a date.
  7. Click the checkbox next to Display in Calendar to have the dates appear on the calendar.
  8. Click the Save and Close button.
  9. You will be taken back to the discussion list. The dates will be displayed underneath the discussion topic with a lock icon

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