The Discussions tool in D2L is used for asynchronous discussions, e.g., for interactions that don’t need to take place immediately, to provide space online for students to have group discussions, or to engage with students who may not be able to attend a live session.  Here are some tutorials to help you get started with Discussions. Tutorials for students related to the Discussions tool specifically are at the bottom of this page (and also on the D2L for Students page).

For help with facilitating asynchronous discussions, we have also provided some links to other websites.

Creating Discussions

Creating Forums and Topics

Creating Threads and Replies

Creating Group Topics

Managing Discussions

Reading View versus Grid View (for viewing Topics)

Moving Topics and Threads (to other Forums and Topics)

Editing a Post

Filtering and Searching Posts in a Topic

Viewing Unread Posts in the Discussions Tool

Deleting Posts and Replies

Saving Discussion Postings

Grading Discussions

Assessing Topics

Collating a Student’s Postings for Assessment

Exempting Students from Discussion Topics

Facilitating Asynchronous Discussions

Online Discussions:  Tips for Instructors

Purdue University:  Facilitating Discussions Online

VIU:  Facilitating and Moderating Online

For Students

Subscribing to a Discussion Topic in D2L

Posting and Replying to a Discussion Topic