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CougarVIEW Instructor Guides: Create a discussion topic

Need help with something in CougarVIEW? Good news! We have a number of guides to show you how to use the many tools and resources in CougarVIEW. These guides cover topics like using the grade book, setting up quizzes, creating groups, and many more.

Create a Discussion Topic

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.
  2. On the Discussions List page, from the New button, select New Topic.

New topic under discussion list

  1. On the New Topic page, Do the following:
    • Enter a Topic Title .
    • Click Change Forum to change the forum where your topic will go, if necessary.
    • To add your topic to your grade book, enter a value in the Grade Out Of field.
    • Enter a Description for your topic.

New topic with title, description, grade out of options

  1. In the Availability Dates & Conditions menu, enter the following:
    • Enter a Start Date and End Date .
    • Adjust the Before end and After end restrictions based on your preferences by clicking each option.
  2. Click Add Release Condition to create a new release condition or add an existing one.
  3. Under Group and Section Restrictions, you can set different restrictions if you have Groups or Sections set up in your course.

Availability Dates and Conditions menu

  1. In the Post & Completion menu, select the checkboxes for any of the following options to apply them to your discussion topic:
    • Default participation
    • Allow learners to hide their name from other learners
    • Learners must start a thread before they can view or reply to other threads
    • Posts must be approved before they display in the topic

Post & Completion menu

  1. In the Evaluation & Feedback menu, do the following:
    • Click Add Rubric to attach a rubric to your discussion topic.
    • Click Manage Learning Objectives to associate learning objectives to your discussion topic.
    • Select the Allow evaluation of individual posts checkbox if you want to assign scores to posts. Then, select your Calculation Method. You can also choose to Include unevaluated posts in the topic score calculation as zero.
    • Select Allow learning to rate posts if you want your learners to score others' posts. Then, select a rating type.

Evaluation and Feedback

  1. Toggle the Visibility ON or OFF.
  2. Click Save and Close.

Save and Close

Video - Create a Discussion Topic