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Search and Collect Posts for Students

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In the discussion board, you can search for specific text, such as a phrase, word, or part of a word. The results appear on a search results page.

How to Search Discussions

  1. Access the discussion board, a forum, or a thread.
  2. On the action bar, click Search. The Search field expands.
  3. Type a search criterion in the Search box.
  4. In the drop-down list, select an area to search:
    • Current Discussion Board
    • All Forums in Course
    • Current Forum
    • Current Thread

      The options in the drop-down list depend on where your search began. All Forums in Course includes any group discussion boards in your course. Students do not see results from group discussion boards unless they are members of that group.

  5. To further narrow your search results, select the After and Before check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times.
  6. Click Go.

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On the Search Results page, you can read and print the results. On the action bar, click Print Preview to open the page in a new window in a printer-friendly format. Posts print in the order they appear on the page. To select which posts appear and in which order, you can filter and sort posts using the Filter function and the Sort By and Order drop-down lists on the action bar.

On this page, you can also reply to posts and mark messages read or unread. Click the Quote function to include the post's text as part of your reply. To view the responses to a post, click the post's hyperlinked title to navigate to the thread's page.

How to Collect Posts

On a thread page, you can read all the posts made to the initial post. If many posts appear, you can reduce the list using the collect function. After collecting posts, you can filter, sort, print, and tag them.

The collect function is also available from the forum page where you can gather all the posts made to different threads. After collecting posts, filter and sort the messages to further organize them.

Use the following steps to collect posts in a thread:

  1. Access a forum and select a thread.
  2. On the thread's page, select the check boxes of the posts to collect. If a post has replies and you want them to appear on a collection page, select the check boxes for those messages.

    To select all but a few posts in a long list in a thread, click Select: All on the action bar. All check boxes for all the posts are selected, and you can clear the check boxes for the posts you do not need.

  3. On the action bar, point to the Message Actions drop-down list and select Collect.

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On the Collection page, you can read and print the results. On the action bar, click Print Preview to open the page in a new window in a printer-friendly format. Posts print in the order they appear on the page. To select which posts appear and in which order, you can filter and sort posts using the Filter function and the Sort By and Order drop-down lists on the action bar.

On this page, you can also reply to posts and mark messages read or unread. Click the Quote function to include the post's text as part of your reply. To view the responses to a post, click the post's hyperlinked title to navigate to the thread's page.

How to Filter Posts After Searching or Collecting

To narrow your search results or sort a collection, you can use the filter function. If you print the posts after filtering, they print in the order they appear on the page. If the author or authors of some posts are no longer enrolled in your course, the posts may appear out of order.

  1. On the Search Results or Collection page, click the Filter function on the action bar to expand the field. Select options from the following drop-down lists:
    • Author: Select All or select an author
    • Status: Show All or select a status
    • Read Status: Select Show All, Read, or Unread posts
    • Tags: Tags are text labels that act like bookmarks. Only your instructor can enable the tag function and add tags to posts to help group similar messages together. For example, if the subject of scientific notation is discussed often, your instructor can tag each of the posts on this topic. You can read, filter, and search messages using these tags, but you cannot create tags. You can Show All tags or select a tag.
  2. Click Go to apply the selections. You can further organize the results using the Filter function and the Sort By and Order drop-down lists on the action bar.
  3. Click the X to close the Filter field.

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How to Sort Posts After Searching or Collecting

To narrow your search results or sort a collection, you can use the Sort by and Order drop-down lists. If you print the posts after sorting, the posts print in the order they appear on the page. If the author or authors of some posts are no longer enrolled in your course, the posts may appear out of order.

  1. On the Search Results or Collection page, point to Sort by on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  2. Select an option:

    If you enabled the rating of posts, you can also sort by Overall Rating.

    • Author's Last Name
    • Author's First Name
    • Subject
    • Date of Last Post
    • Thread Order
  3. On the action bar, point to Order to access the drop-down list.
  4. Sort posts in ascending or descending order.

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