Creating Discussion Forums + Topics

Getting Started with the Discussion Tool

Before starting to work with the Discussion tool it is important to understand the language used in VIULearn.

Forums - are categories you use to organize your discussions, or the "house" that contains all your "rooms"

Topics - are where students can create threads, or the "rooms" where students can have discussions

Threads - are where students discuss the topic, or the conversations that happen inside the "rooms"

Posts and Replies - are how students discuss the topic inside a thread, or the back and forth contributions to a discussion


Adding Forums + Topics to Discussion in VIULearn

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Adding Forum + Discussion Topics to Discussion in VIULearn

Moving and Deleting Topics in the Discussion Tool 

Once you have created your Forums and Topics, you may wish to reorder these items. To reorder forums and topics:

  1. Click the grey More Actions button and choose Reorder.
  2. You will see a screen with all of your forums and topics displayed. Use the drop down boxes on the right side of the page to choose what order you want the forums and topics to display. 
  3. When you are happy with the order, click the blue Save button. 

If you wish to move a topic to a new forum: 

  1. Click on the arrow to the right of the Topic title to open its context menu and select Edit Topic.
  2. Choose the Forum you wish to move the topic to from the drop down menu. 
  3. Click the blue Save and Close button. 

Please note that if you have set conditions at the Forum level, these conditions will affect all Topics in the forum as long as those topics stay in the forum. If you move the topic to a new forum, it will not retain the settings from its original forum. 

To delete a topic: 

  1. Click on the arrow to the right of the Topic title to open its context menu and select Delete

Adding a Discussion Topic to Content

The final step for creating and using a Discussion topic is to add it to your course content to ensure students can easily access it. To add a Discussion topic to your course content:

  1. Create your Discussion topic folder in the tool area (Communication and Discussions)
  2. Choose Course Materials and Content to navigate to your Table of Contents
  3. Select the module or sub-module that you want the Dropbox folder to be located in
  4. Use the grey Add Activities button to choose Discussions
  5. Select your Discussion forum from the list by clicking directly on it, the list of topics will appear
  6. Select yoru Discussion topic from the list by clicking directly on it
  7. The Discussion topic will appear at the bottom of the module or sub-module

You can move your Discussion topic the same way you can move Topics.