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Reply to Discussion Posts for Students

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In the discussion board, threads grow as users respond to the initial and subsequent posts. Replies build on one another to construct a conversation. As the number of posts grows, you can rate, filter, sort, and collect posts.

How to Reply to Discussion Posts

You can reply to published threads, but you cannot reply to locked or hidden threads.

  1. Access a forum and select a thread.
  2. On the thread page, you can view the text of the post and information, such as the author and posted date. All replies appear on the same page with the parent post.
  3. For the first post, click Reply. Point to the post to see Quote and Email Author. The Quote function includes the post's text as part of your reply. For other posts on the page, point to the message and Reply and the other functions appear.

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    If you want to view only the unread posts in the thread, click the unread link on the action bar. The unread posts appear on one page.

  4. The page expands below the post you are responding to, allowing you to view the post and access the content editor.
  5. If needed, edit the Subject. Provide your reply in the Message box. Optionally, use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.

    Files uploaded by students are not saved to the course repository.

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  6. Alternatively, following the Message box, attach a file using one of the following options:
    • To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer.
    • If your institution licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.
  7. Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post or click Submit to publish your reply.

On the thread page, your reply appears at the end of the list. If you attached a file, a paper clip icon appears next to the post's title. If you used the Insert/Edit Image function, the image appears with the text you provided.

Save a Post as a Draft to Submit Later

The Save Draft function is available if you need to return to your post at a later time. This function saves your comments and files on the page.

To access your post later, return to the forum page and point to Display to access the drop-down list. Select Drafts Only to view the saved post.

You can make edits, add or delete files, and use the functions in the content editor. Click Submit to publish the post.

How to Rate Discussion Posts

If allowed by your instructor, you can rate posts. Rating posts allows users to focus on messages considered especially informative or useful by others. Students start threads and include their work in their initial posts. Other users review the work, assign a rating to the initial post, and include comments in a response. Instructors can also rate posts.

  1. Access a forum and select a thread.
  2. On the thread's page, when you point to a thread's rating area, it changes to show Your Rating.
  3. Select one to five stars. You can add and delete stars at any time.
  4. Your rating is included in the Overall Rating—the combined rating of all users.

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