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Instructor ability to reorder discussion boards

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Instructor ability to reorder discussion boards

Discussions are currently ordered by "recent activity".

Instructors should be able to select the order that discussions appear on the Discussion Page.

Ordering discussions by their due dates or release dates is preferable.  It allows the instructor to create a logical, chronological order; students and instructors can then find the discussions more easily.  

Navigator II

Thanks for sharing this idea, We've opened it for voting as a request for an enhancement to the Discussions index page. You might also be interested in this related idea: 

Learner II

Voted! I really like your idea of offering a configurable option for automatic ordering for discussions.

Just for awareness, manual ordering is currently possible by using the Pinned Discussions feature:

Community Member

Hi Rob,

Thanks for that. I’m aware that I can order the discussions if I pin them. But, I prefer only to pin specific discussions. For example, I have a Student Collaboration discussion where students can meet and “talk” amongst themselves. That’s the only one I want pinned so that it stands out.


Great idea. I actually came hunting to see if anyone had posted this idea.

Many forums - including Canvas Community - allow you to choose how you sort threads. (Sort by most recent, sort by most posts, or whathaveyou.) Because I'm used to that functionality being everywhere, I intuitively expected it when I started using Canvas. I was surprised to see that the default was most recent activity, and the only way to change it was to pin the discussions.

Pinning the discussions does let us add something kind of logical, but I would prefer to use pinning for, say, a Q&A thread, and let all of the others be auto-sorted. Right now, though, I pin all of the threads, because the 'most recent activity' ordering is so confusing for students and instructors, and they have no way to choose different ordering systems.

I had this moment of surprise three years ago, and just sort of got used to it, but every time I log in to Discussions, I think "yeah, Canvas sort of dropped the ball on this one". I was simply accepting it until today when I realised (duh) that we can encourage new features through Ideas!