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How do I use Discussions?

  1. Create, edit, and delete discussion topics. You can also reply to, edit, and delete individual student discussion posts.
  2. Create threaded or focused discussions within your course. (Private discussions can be initiated within student groups, which are not viewable by others outside that group.)
  3. Create discussions with varied due dates for different sections within your course.
  4. Create a graded discussion or a group discussion as an assignment. When a discussion is marked as a graded assignment, the Canvas SpeedGrader™ isolates each student’s comments from the thread and combines them into one easily readable view for grading.
  5. Subscribe to a discussion and be notified of replies.
  6. Enable podcast feeds within your discussions.
  7. Embed or attach files, images, and YouTube videos.
  8. Add course content directly from your course.
  9. Delay discussion posts until a defined date.
  10. Pin discussion threads that you want your students to see at the top of the Discussions page.
NOTE: You can also use keyboard shortcuts to navigate individual discussion threads. Press the comma key and a pop-up window with keyboard shortcuts will appear for keyboard navigation
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