Is there a way to link directly to a student's unread post or reply in discussion board without scrolling through all of them?
Janet, greetings! I didn't think there was, so I went ahead and double-checked and no there doesn't appear to be a way on the front end of Canvas to link directly to a student's unread post or reply. If you are trying to view all posts from an individual student you can use Speedgrader to see just that student's posts. Would that help? If not, could you explain more of what you're trying to accomplish and maybe we could help figure out another work around?
Thanks for replying so quickly.
I do use the speed grader to view all posts by the students. I was looking for a way to see the new ones that get posted in DB. I don't know which student is posting and therefore really can't go to speed grader to find out. Does that help?
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Hi Janet Myers
If you are asking about going straight to a specific user's discussion posting, there are actually two ways to do this....
If I have misread what you are asking, please let me know.
When I come back into a DB (Graded) and see that there have been new posts, I do not know who may have posted it. In my classes right now there are around 14 students in each section that I teach. I like the idea of speed grader and the search bringing up all posts by a student. However, when checking on new posts after I have already read some and go back in; I really don't know who may have posted. I didn't know if there was a way that these can be sorted out until they are read. Otherwise, I scroll down thru all posts until I come to the ones I haven't seen. Does that help?
Thanks for any help you can give; and if there isn't any other way, I understand.
Hi Janet Myers...
When you are visiting discussion topics in your course, are you also taking a look at the blue dot (may be a different color for you) that appears next to new replies from your students? (See the section called "View Replies" in this Guide: How do I view and sort discussion replies as an instructor?.) You kind of have to keep a close eye on those blue dots, though, because they turn white fairly quickly once a student's reply is visible on the screen.
I do use the blue dots. I found the setting today where I could manually click on them so they don't disappear so quickly.
I also found a button that says "unread", that brings all the unread posts to one place. That is also helpful.
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