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How do I assign a graded discussion to a course section?

How do I assign a graded discussion to a course section?

When creating or editing a graded discussion, you can assign a graded discussion to a specific course section. Availability date functionality is still available for each graded discussion.

Only the section(s) specified in the discussion details can view the graded discussion.

When using differentiated assignments with the Gradebook, the graded discussion appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the discussion. Grades cannot be assigned for students who have not been included in the graded discussion, and graded discussions that are not assigned to a student are not factored into overall grades.

When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, assignments are also respected against closed grading periods.

Open Discussions

Open Discussions

In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.

Add Discussion

Add Discussion

Click the Add Discussion button.

Enter Discussion Details

Enter Discussion Details

Enter a title [1] and add content [2] to your discussion.

Set Graded Discussion

Set Graded Discussion

Click the Graded checkbox.

Enter Grading Details

Enter Grading Details

Enter the number of points possible [1]. Select the Grading Type [2] and Assignment Group [3], and assign Peer Reviews [4], if any.

Assign to Section

Assign to Section

By default, Canvas will set your assignment for everyone in your course. To create the assignment for a specific section, click the Everyone remove icon [1], then start to type in the name of a section [2]. When the section name appears, click the name. Lists are not scrollable.

You can include more than one section in the To field as long as the section is to be assigned the same due and availability dates.

Edit Due and Availability Dates

Edit Due and Availability Dates

In the date fields, add your preferred date(s) with the following options:

  • Due [1]: Set the date and time that the Assignment is due. The due date will already be populated for you if you created an assignment shell, but you can change it if necessary.
  • Available From [2]: Set the date and time when the Assignment will become available.
  • Until [3]: Set the date and time when the Assignment will no longer be available.

 

Note: Beneath the Due Date and Availability date fields, Canvas will display the time zone date and time according to context. If you manage courses in a time zone other than your local time zone and create or edit a due date for an assignment, the course and local times are displayed for reference.

Add Additional Dates

Add Additional Dates

To add another section with a different due date and availability dates, click the Add button.

Remove Dates

Remove Dates

You can also delete additional dates by clicking the remove icon next to the appropriate date.

Save and Publish

Save and Publish

If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

View Due Date Warning

View Due Date Warning

If you do not add course sections to the assignment, you will see a warning message asking you if you want to add those sections.

You can click the Continue button [1] if you don't want to add any sections to the assignment, or click the Go Back button [2] to go back and add additional sections.

Note: This warning message will not appear if Everyone or all course sections are assigned to the assignment.

View Date Error

View Date Error

If you submit an invalid string of due dates and try to save the assignment, Canvas generates an error notification. Such invalid entries include not unlocking the assignment before it is due, not placing the due date inside the range of availability dates, or assigning a date that is outside the course or term dates.

Correct the date and then update the assignment again.

Notes:

  • If the course does not include specified course start and end dates, Canvas validates the graded discussion against the term date set for the course.
  • If your course is using Multiple Grading Periods, the Assign field validates the due date against the closed grading period and requires the discussion due date to be past the date of the closed grading period.

View Graded Discussion Dates

View Graded Discussion Dates

To view users and due dates for the discussion, click the Show Due Dates link.

View Assigned Dates

View the dates assigned to the graded discussion.

View Assignments Page

On the Assignments Page, the graded discussion shows there are multiple users and dates assigned to the discussion. Hover over the text to view date availability.

Comments

Hi wonderful Canvas doc team,

Could you add something to this document? It is mentioned in the guide on creating a discussion Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-create-a-discussion-as-an-instructor but not here that:

If you want to create a section-specific discussion that is not graded, select one or multiple sections in the Post to drop-down menu [4]. Graded section-specific discussions must be created as part of the Graded option in the next section.

The Graded option becomes grayed out if you choose a section in the Post to dropdown list. The Post to area is not mentioned or pictured in this doc so somebody might choose a section from Post to and then not be able to use the checkbox for Graded. Please mention in this page that one should not choose a section in Post to if you want a graded discussion.

Also, there is no longer a link at the bottom of a guide page with links to move to the next section.  I sure wish there were.  No longer easy to move to the next section.

 

Hi @Nancy_Webb_CCSF , 

Thanks for bringing this to our attention! We'll check into this. Thank you! 

- Allie 

I'm trying to assign a graded discussion to my course sections that meet on different days. I do not want my sections to see one another's posts. As mentioned in the comment above, posting to individual sections grays out the graded option. Do I need to create the discussion as a group discussion, then assign to the sections so the discussion becomes available on the appropriate day?

@james_leutholdit's much easier than that.  Leave the Post to choice set to "All sections", do not choose the section there.  Then you can check the Graded option because it won't be grayed out.  After it's checked, the normal assignment style Assign to area will appear below the options, where you can choose the section, the due date, availability dates etc. 

Other assignment choices will also appear, once you choose the Graded option.

@Nancy_Webb_CCSF This does not do what I want it to do. Even if I use separate Assign Tos, students from one section still see replies from students in another section.

I want each section to have a separate graded discussion that other sections can't see or interact with. The closest I've come to being able to do this is to put students from each section into a group, then making the discussion a group assignment. I'm hoping there's a direct way to do this without putting up multiple discussion boards (which still doesn't do what I want because it's graded and graded only shows up if I post to all sections) or having to manually create groups for 200 students. 

@james_leuthold- you would need to create as many discussions as you have sections. Each one would only be assigned to one section, not everyone, and not all the sections.  That should do what you want.  Separate discussions that can only be seen by the section they are assigned to.

 

@Nancy_Webb_CCSF A ha! That was the problem in my brain. Post to All Sections, but Assign To specific section = only the assigned section sees it. Thank you for helping me troubleshoot this. 

@james_leuthold- I wanted to do the same thing, so thanks for dialing down with @Nancy_Webb_CCSF.

For others who find this thread, after creating and saving the initial Discussion, from the Discussion page, instead of using "New" then copy/pasting instructions you can use Duplicate (below) to make copies by clicking on the three vertical dots to the right of the Discussion's title, then add Section designations to each title to help keep things organized. 

Thx!

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