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Create a Discussion Topic

 

 

Description

 

This tutorial reviews how to create a discussion topic within MyCourses. 'Discussion topic'  refers to the prompt or question that students can then post and reply to. All topics must be set up inside an existing discussion forum (category) present in the course, or a new discussion forum must be created to house the topic. 

 

Step-by-Step

  1. Click on Submission Review on the Navbar
  2. Click on Discussions
  3. Click on New
  4. Click on New Topic
  5. Select the Forum where you would like to place your topic from the dropdown list
  6. Select the topic type (only change this option from the default if you have groups set up and this will be a group discussion
  7. Enter a Title
  8. Enter a Description for the topic (This is where you would enter the instructions/or actual question for the discussion)
  9. Make sure the Rating Scheme is set to No Ratings
  10. Scroll up to the top of the settings area, select the Restrictions tab to set dates and the Assessment tab to connect to a grade item
  11. Add a Start and/or End Date for the discussion topic, if desired 


If you add a start or end date, select your preferred availability settings for that date. These options determine what a student can see or do before the start date and after the end date:
 

Start Date Availability Options


 a. Students can see the discussion in course content and its start date, but cannot click to view the full prompt or post. 

 

b. Students can view in course content, click the discussion topic title to read the full prompt, but cannot post to the topic.

 

c. Topic is fully hidden from students in course content and under the submission review tab before the start date (not advisable)

 

 


 

End Date Availability Options


 a. Students can see the discussion in course content and its end date, but cannot click to view the full prompt or post to it. 

 

b. Students can view in course content, click the discussion topic title to read the full prompt, but cannot post to the topic.

 

c. Topic is fully hidden from students in course content and under the submission review tab after the end date (not advisable)

 

 


  12. Select the Assessment tab to connect this discussion to an existing grade item in your grade book. 

 

  13. Enter the total points value for the discussion topic (make sure this is the same amount as the associated grade item)
 

  14. Click Save and Close  
 

Additional Resources

Have Questions? Contact the OLS iTech team at mycourses4faculty@spcollege.edu or call 727-341-3500 (Mon.- Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Eastern) or the SPC Helpdesk at 727-791-2795 or onlinehelp@spcollege.edu during nights and weekends.

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