I'm working with a colleague that has divided his class into discussion groups. The topics were created first, and then the groups were created. The read/unread counter does not tally at the topic level but once you enter the topic, you see the group segment and the number of messages there. This is confusing students. Also, from the his pov reading through individual group's comments, once in the group, it's difficult to return to the broader topic.
I've added screenshots to better illustrate our issue. I'm wondering if there's a Canvas setting or set-up, where we can get students out of posting discussion in their "groups" and participate in the parent discussion.