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ghhm_ucsfedu
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Submitting to discussions as a group

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 I'm trying to set up a system (as an instructor in my course) in which I have created one group set with multiple groups. I then want one representative from each of those groups to submit their group's discussion to one central discussion board where all the groups submit responses. I'm also wanting to make it a graded (complete/incomplete assignment) where when one person in the group submits their group's discussion to trigger everyone in that group getting complete. Is there a way to set this up on Canvas? Every time I go to do it, it says the groups will have their own discussion boards which is not what I want to do as the point is to have each group discuss in person together and then submit their group's discussion to one central discussion on Canvas. Thanks so much for all your help!

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chofer
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Hello there,  @ghhm_ucsfedu ...

Keeping in mind that I am an administrator for our school's Canvas environment and do not teach, I think I understand your question, but I'm not sure I have great news for you.  When you create the Group Set and the Groups within it ... and then assign that Group Set to a discussion topic, you are correct that each group will get their own discussion area to participate in conversations.  Thus, one group in a Group Set cannot see the postings of another group in the same Group Set.  You may need to put the Group Set idea aside and just manually assign your students to groups...letting them know who is which group...so that everyone can post to the same discussion topic.  However, as you've figured out, even if one person from a group posts to the topic, I do not believe that will trigger a "Complete" in the Gradebook for all members of that group.  You may need to do that manually.  (I could be totally wrong on this...so if someone has a different solution to share, I'd be happy to learn how this could be done.)

Also, on an unrelated note, I noticed that your name here in the Community is the initials M T.  Per this document, What are the Canvas Community guidelines?, we'd like to know who you are by including your first and last name in your Community profile.  (See the section on "Be you" under "The Community Guidelines".)

I hope this will help!

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chofer
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Hello there,  @ghhm_ucsfedu ...

Keeping in mind that I am an administrator for our school's Canvas environment and do not teach, I think I understand your question, but I'm not sure I have great news for you.  When you create the Group Set and the Groups within it ... and then assign that Group Set to a discussion topic, you are correct that each group will get their own discussion area to participate in conversations.  Thus, one group in a Group Set cannot see the postings of another group in the same Group Set.  You may need to put the Group Set idea aside and just manually assign your students to groups...letting them know who is which group...so that everyone can post to the same discussion topic.  However, as you've figured out, even if one person from a group posts to the topic, I do not believe that will trigger a "Complete" in the Gradebook for all members of that group.  You may need to do that manually.  (I could be totally wrong on this...so if someone has a different solution to share, I'd be happy to learn how this could be done.)

Also, on an unrelated note, I noticed that your name here in the Community is the initials M T.  Per this document, What are the Canvas Community guidelines?, we'd like to know who you are by including your first and last name in your Community profile.  (See the section on "Be you" under "The Community Guidelines".)

I hope this will help!

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kona
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 @chofer  is correct with what he posted about Discussions and groups! And while most of what you want is possible - just not using "groups" in Canvas, he is also correct that there isn't a way to automatically set it up for autocomplete for the entire group.

Kona