When you view the thread page, all posts and the forum description appear on one page. Forum descriptions are often used as prompts for discussion and are visible where you are posting. Large images of course/organization members help you easily identify authors.

To help make replying easy, the content editor appears immediately below the message you are replying to. You are not taken to a new page to post a reply, allowing you to refer to any post on the page.

The Thread Page

A. Use Expand All and Collapse All to manage the visibility of posts on the page.

B. Functions appear when you point to the page. Move your mouse pointer anywhere on the page and action bar functions appear at the top, such as Search and Refresh.

C. Click the number of unread posts to view a page containing only the unread posts in a thread.

D. When viewing threads, a badge appears next to a forum manager or moderator's name. Point to the badge to see the user’s course/organization role and forum role.

E. The dates for posts appear as relative dates such as "7 days ago." When you point to the relative date, you can view the absolute date of creation or editing, and the number of views.

F. New Mark as Read indicator: Blue icon = unread. White icon = read. Posts are marked as read as you scroll down the page, after a slight delay. Only expanded posts that you view onscreen are marked as read. Posts are not automatically marked read by quickly scrolling down the page. Click the icon to manually change the status of a message. You can also flag posts you want to review again later or indicate as important.

G. When you point to a post, Reply, Quote, Expand/Collapse, and other available functions appear. Click Collapse to fold up a post. This increases the vertical screen space available for viewing posts.

H. If your instructor/leader enabled the rate posts feature in a forum's settings, Overall Rating shows the average rating for a post. When you point to the rating area, it changes to show Your Rating.

Create Threads

Forum settings control who can post, and what other types of actions you can take, such as editing your own threads, posting anonymously, or rating posts. Depending on which forum settings your instructor has selected, you may be allowed to create a new thread.

1. Access a discussion forum and click Create Thread on the action bar.

2. On the Create Thread page, you can view the forum description to refer as you write your response. Type a Subject and Message. You can use the content editor functions to format the text and add files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.

3. Alternatively, in the Attachments section, attach a file using one of the following options: To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer, click Browse Content Collection to upload a file from your content system.

4. Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post or click Submit to publish your reply.

Note: If your instructor/leader has associated a rubric with the discussion forum or thread and made it available to students/participants, you can view grading criteria before beginning work. Click Grading Information to access the forum or thread's Grade page. Click View Rubric.

Save a Post as a Draft to Submit Later

The Save Draft function is available if you need to return to your post at a later time. This function saves your comments and files on the page.

To access your post later, return to the forum page and point to Display to access the drop-down list. Select Drafts Only to view the saved post. While viewing your post, point to it to view the functions for Edit and Delete. When you click Edit, the content editor opens.

You can make edits, add or delete files, and use the functions in the content editor. Click Submit to publish the post.

Manage Discussions

You can determine which threads you see in a forum. If allowed by your instructor/leader, you may also be able to edit and delete your posts.

Your instructor/leader sets the thread status as published, hidden, or draft, but you can choose which type of threads appear in a forum. By default, published threads appear.

1. On the forum page, click List View.

2. On the action bar, point to Display and click the type of threads to view in the forum.

  • Show All: All types of threads appear in the forum.
  • Published: A post with a published status is available to users.
  • Hidden: A thread that is locked and not visible by default. You may choose to display hidden threads in list view. You cannot edit hidden threads, even if editing is enabled for the thread. Hiding threads helps you find relevant content, as unneeded content is hidden from view.
  • Draft: A draft thread is saved by the author for future editing, but is not submitted for publication. When published, other users can view it. Users can only view their own drafts and must access them from the Displaydrop-down list.

The forum page displays only those threads that have the status selected from the Display drop-down list.

Edit or Delete Posts

You can edit or delete your own posts only if your instructor/leader has made those options available to you. You cannot edit or delete others' posts. If you post a message in error and the option to delete it is not available to you, contact your instructor/leader.

1. Access a forum and select a thread.

2. On the thread's page, point to a post so all of the functions appear.

3. Click Edit or Delete. The delete action is irreversible. Your instructor/leader determines if you can delete just your post or your post with all replies. If you are allowed to delete your post with replies, all posts are permanently deleted.

4. When editing, the page expands to allow you to make edits in the content editor while viewing the original post.

5. Click Submit. Your edits appear in the post.

This article was updated: 05/17/2017