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Changing Discussions settings

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Access Discussions tool settings

Do one of the following:

  • On the Discussions List page, click Settings.
  • Click  edit course icon Edit Course on the navbar, click Discussions, then click Settings on the Discussions List page.

Personal Settings

Personal settings control the way you view posts inside a topic. These settings apply to all course offerings wherever you access discussions, but do not affect other users.

Display Settings

The following display settings are available:

  • Always show the Discussions List pane Use this setting to show or hide the list of topics in the View Topic and View Thread pages. Hide it to save space or show it to switch between topics quickly.
  • Display deleted posts Use this setting to display deleted posts when browsing topics.

    Note You must also have the permission See Deleted Posts to see deleted posts.

Default View  The following default views are available:

Note  If you do not see this option, your organization may not have enabled Grid View and will default to Reading View. The Reading View is the only available view if you access a post via the Content tool.

  • Grid View  The Grid View resembles a traditional email reader where each post’s subject, author, and date appear in a list without the full text of the post. To read a post, click the subject; the full text displays in a separate area.
  • Reading View  The Reading View shows the full text of all posts in a single view. You read posts by selecting a thread. You can then scroll through the page without having to select posts from the thread and read them one at a time.

Reply Settings  

Use this setting to automatically include the original post in reply by default when composing a response.

Org Unit Settings

Note Depending on your permissions, you may not see this setting.

Org unit settings apply to all users and all forums and topics in your course.

Default Rating Scheme Use this setting to automatically display your selected rating scheme in the Rate Posts drop-down list available when creating and editing topics. See Rating discussion posts for more information.

Grid View Settings

Topic Descriptions  Controls whether topic descriptions display in the Message List. You can leave this check box cleared to save space for users with small screens and instead use pinned posts to provide explanations or instructions.

Default Threading Style  The following threading styles are available:

  • Threaded  Groups posts together with their replies.
  • Unthreaded   Sorts posts by author, date, subject, Post ID, or average rating.

Display Settings  The following display settings are available:

  • Show the preview pane  Select this setting to open all posts in a preview pane, or clear it to open all posts in pop-up windows.
  • Show the search bar  Use the search bar to search for posts. You can also show or hide the search bar by clicking Show Search or Hide Search from the More Actions button inside a topic.

Post Fields to Display  You can choose to display the following fields:

  • Post ID  Use this setting to see user ID numbers when viewing posts.
  • Org Defined ID  Use this setting to see user ID numbers beside author names.

Character Limits  Use this setting to display a limited number of characters of each post’s subject to save screen space. Select the check box and enter the maximum Subject Characters to Display.

See also

Audience: 

  • Learner