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CougarVIEW Instructor Guides: Create a discussion forum

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Create a discussion forum

Use forums to organize your discussion topics into categories. Your course can have multiple forums and topics, but you must create a forum before you can create a topic since all topics belong to forums.

  1. On the navbar, select Discussions.

Discussion option

  1. On the Discussions List page, from the New button drop-down menu, select New Forum.

New forum

  1. Enter a title for your new forum.
  2. Enter a description for your new forum.
  3. In the Options section, select any of the following check boxes:
    • Allow anonymous posts - To enable users to post anonymously.
    • A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum - To ensure that posts are approved by a moderator before they display in the forum.
    • Users must start a thread before they can read and reply to other threads in each topic - To ensure user participation.
    • Display forum descriptions in topics - To provide instructors the option to display a discussion forum description within a discussion topic description.

Forum options list

  1. In the Restrictions tab, in the Availability section, select the Hide from Users checkbox to set the status of the forum. In the Start date and End date options specify the dates when learners can access a forum.


  1. Select Locking Options for your forum. Locking a forum prevents users from posting to any of its associated topics until it is unlocked; they can still read post made to a topic prior to it being locked. The different Locking Options available are:
    • Visible with access restricted before start/end - The forum is visible to learners before or after the start or end date, but they cannot access it.
    • Visible with submission restricted before start/end - The forum is visible to learners before or after the start or end date and they can access it, but they cannot post new threads or replies. This effectively makes a discussion read-only.
    • Hidden before start/end - The forum is hidden from learners until the start or end date. Calendar events for Availability Start and Availability End are hidden until the start or end date. Notifications are also not sent until the start or end date.

Locking options

  1. Add automated conditions for access using Release Conditions.
  1. Apply restrictions to groups or sections.

Release conditions of forum page

  1. Select Save and Close.

Discussions - Create a Forum