The Discussion Index page allows you to view all the discussions within a course.
Note: Your student's teacher may choose to hide the Discussions link in Course Navigation. If the Discussions link is not available, you can still access Discussions through other areas of Canvas.
In Course Navigation, click the Discussions link.
Discussions are organized into three main areas.
Discussions : These are current discussions within your student's course. Discussions are ordered by most recent activity. You will only see this section heading if there are discussions within this section.
Pinned Discussions : These are discussions that your student's teacher wants you to pay specific attention to and will appear at the top of the Discussions page. You will only see this section heading if there are discussions within this section as designated by your student's teacher.
Closed for Comments : These discussions have been manually closed for comments, or the discussion is past the available from/until date. These are discussions that are only available in a read-only state and are ordered by most recent activity. You will always see this section heading, even if there are no discussions within this section.
Each discussion displays whether or not it is a graded discussion , the name of the discussion , the date on which the last discussion reply was posted , the due date (if any) , the number of unread/total posts in the discussion , and whether or not you are subscribed to the discussion .
You can also view availability dates for individual discussions .
An unread icon next to a discussion indicates an unread discussion . The number of unread/total posts will not appear for group discussions and discussions that have no discussion replies .
There will also be a peer review icon if a graded discussion has been assigned peer reviews .
The first dates you may see are the availability dates. Your instructor may use availability dates to restrict discussion replies to a specified date range. The availability dates are the range of time that the discussion is accessible to you. Availability dates also appear on the Assignments page for all discussions with assigned availability dates.
Note: If a date does not include a time, the listed date defaults to 12 am. Therefore, the last day for the discussion is the full day before the listed date. For instance, if a discussion is Available until March 29, you can access the discussion until March 28 at 11:59 pm.
The second set of dates are the due dates for each respective discussion . However, due dates only apply to graded discussions. Any replies to discussions after the due date are marked as late; your student's teacher may deduct points for late replies. You can still reply to late discussion before the Available until date.
Please be aware that the Due date may be before or on the Available date.
Due dates also include a time . If your student's teacher does not set a specific due time, the graded discussion due time defaults to 11:59 pm and submissions will be late if submitted after 11:59:59 pm.
There are a few ways to filter Discussions:
As an observer, you can only view discussion content. You cannot reply to discussions.
Note: The Discussions page supports keyboard shortcuts. To view a window with a list of keyboard navigation shortcuts, press Alt+F8 (on a PC keyboard) or Option+Fn+F8 (on a Mac keyboard) simultaneously on your keyboard.
If your discussion is a graded discussion, you can view the discussion the same way as regular discussions with additional information:
If your student misses the due date, they may be able to submit a reply to the discussion before the last day of the course. If the graded discussion does not have a due date, your student can submit a reply any time before the last day of the course.
If you are unable view responses from other students, your student may be required to make a reply before you can view them. Once your student replies to the discussion, any other replies will be visible.
When a discussion is locked, you can't view any details in the discussion topic. However, you can view the date when the discussion will be open.
Both graded- and non-graded discussions can be closed at any time. Your student's teacher may note in the description topic or syllabus if a discussion is only scheduled to be available for a specific period of time.
When a discussion has been closed for comments, you can still view the details of the discussion topic and any replies.
The discussion was either available until a specific date, or your student's teacher manually closed the topic.