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Managing Discussions

Edit a Forum or Topic

  1. On the main Discussions page, click the Edit icon for the Forum or Topic you wish to edit.
  2. Select the tab containing the information you want to edit.
    1. Note: Switching between tabs automatically saves any changes made on the current tab.
  3. Make your changes to the Properties.
  4. Click Save if applicable.

Copying a Forum

Copying a forum creates a new forum with the same properties as the original. You can choose to copy the forum’s topics as well as any pinned messages within those topics. Copying a forum does not copy any normal, unpinned messages inside the forum’s topics; however, you can copy or move individual messages from existing topics once the new topics are created.

  1. On the main Discussions page, click More Actions on the top tool menu and click Copy.
  2. Click Copy a Forum.
    Copy Forum
  3. From the Forum to Copy list, select the forum you want to copy.
  4. In the New Forum Title field, type a name for the new forum.
  5. Select the options you want:
    1. Copy topics - Select this option to copy all of the topics inside the forum; new topics are created with the same titles and properties as the existing ones.
    2. Copy pinned threads - If you choose to copy topics, select this option to copy any pinned messages within those topics. If you use pinned messages to post information about a topic (rules, evaluation criteria, etc.) you might want to copy these messages along with the topics.
  6. Click Copy.
    Copy forum options

Copying a Topic

Copying a topic creates a new topic with the same properties as the original. Links to grade items or competency activities are not copied. You can choose to copy pinned messages along with the topic. Copying a topic does not copy any normal, unpinned messages inside the topic, however, you can copy or move individual messages from inside the existing topic once the new topic is created. See Managing Discussion Forums and Topics.

If you want to copy topics into another course offering, see Copying course components between courses. If you want to move a topic from one forum to another, edit the topic and select a new forum from the Forum drop-down list on the Properties tab.

  1. On the main Discussions page, click More Actions on the top tool menu and click Copy.
  2. Click Copy a Topic.
    Copy Topic
  3. From the Forum to Copy list, select the forum containing the topic you want to copy.
  4. From the Topic to Copy list, select the topic you want to copy.
  5. In the New Topic Title field, type a name for the new topic.
  6. From the Copy Destination list, select the forum you want to copy the topic too. If you select multiple forums, multiple copies of the topic are created.
  7. Select Copy pinned messages if you want pinned messages to be copied into the new topic. If you use pinned messages to post information about the topic, you might want to copy these messages.
  8. Click Copy.

Copying or Moving a Discussion Message

Messages don’t have to remain on the topics they are initially posted to. If you think a message belongs in a different topic, you can move it by copying it and choosing the option to delete the original message. If a message is applicable to more than one topic, you can copy it into as many other topics as you want.

  1. Click on the drop-down button next to the thread that you would like to copy.
  2. Select the Copy icon from the drop-down menu.
    Copy Thread
  3. Select which Forum and Topic you would like to relocate the thread too.
    1. Caution: If you choose to delete the original message and do not choose to copy replies, any replies made to the message are deleted.
  4. Click Copy.

Reorder Forums and Topics

  1. On the main Discussions page, click the More Actions drop-down menu and click on the Reorder button
  2. From the drop-down list in the Sort Order column, select the position in the list where you want each forum or topic to appear. Forums are ordered relative to each other; topics are ordered within each forum.
  3. If the topics in a forum are not visible, click the Expand icon next to the forum, or click Expand All at the top of the list.
  4. Click Save.
    Reorder Forums and Threads

Deleting Discussion Forums, Topics, or Messages

Delete Discussion Forums or Topics

  1. On the main Discussions page, click on the drop down button next to the topic that you wish to delete.
  2. Click the Delete button
  3. On the confirmation, click yes.

Delete a Discussion Message from a Topic

Caution: When you delete a message, the system also deletes any replies to that message.

To delete a message, click on the arrow icon next to it and then click Delete Post.

Delete Multiple Discussion Forums/Topics at Once

  1. Go to your course and click on the Discussions link located in the navigation panel.
  2. Under Discussion List tab, click on the small arrow next to "More Actions", and in the dropdown menu, click "Delete"
  3. In the Deleted Forums and Topics area, you have the following options to delete multiple forums and topics:
    1. You may delete multiple forums along with the attached threads in bulk by checking the box next to the corresponding forum name
    2. You may also delete multiple threads from different forums in bulk by checking the corresponding box next to the thread
  4. Once you have selected forums/threads, click on the "Delete" button at the bottom of the page to delete all items selected in bulk.

Restoring a Deleted Discussion Message

To restore a deleted message, you must have permission to view deleted messages and you must have the Display deleted messages option enabled on the Settings page.

Restore a Deleted Message

Click on Restore Thread under the previously deleted message.

Restore deleted messages

Note: If the message restored was a reply to another message, and the other message has also been deleted, both messages are restored.