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Add restrictions to discussion forums and topics

Set release conditions for discussion forums or topics

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to create release conditions for. You can also set release conditions when creating a new forum or topic.
  1. Click the Restrictions tab. Under Release Conditions, do one of the following:
    • If you have already created a release condition elsewhere and want to attach it to this forum or topic, click Attach Existing. Select the conditions you want to add, then click Attach. For example, release conditions include completing a dropbox submission, scoring a specified grade in a particular quiz, completing a survey, or being enrolled in a particular section.
    • If you want to add a new release condition that does not already exist, click Create and Attach. Enter the details for the new release condition, then click Create.
  2. Choose whether All of the following conditions or Any of the following conditions must be met in order for users to access the forum or topic in the drop-down list above the listed conditions. 
  3. Click Save and Close.

Set group and section restrictions for a discussion forum or topic

You can restrict a forum or topic so that it is only accessible to members of a specific group or section. This enables you to:

  • Create discussion areas where members of a group or section can collaborate on assignments or discuss course material in small teams.
  • Create separate forums or topics for each group or section in a course offering.
     
  1. On the Discussions List page, click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to set restrictions. You can also set restrictions when creating a new forum or topic.
  1. In the Group and Sections Restrictions area of the Restrictions tab, select the Restrict this forum to the following groups and sections or Restrict this topic to the following groups and sections check box.
  2. Click Add Groups and Sections.
  1. In the Add Groups and Sections window, select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  2. Click Add.
  3. Click Save and Close.

Locking options, including setting availability by date

You can lock a forum or topic manually, so that it is unavailable. You can also restrict a forum or topic so that it is only accessible to members during a particular date range.

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to set restrictions. You can also set restrictions when creating a new forum or topic.
  1. Make sure you are on the Properties tab.
  2. Scroll down to Locking Options.
  3. Select Unlock topic or Lock topic, if you wish to unlock or lock the topic right now.
  4. Click Save and Close or Save.
  1. On the Discussions List page, click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to set restrictions. You can also set restrictions when creating a new forum or topic.
  1. Make sure you are on the Properties tab.
  2. Scroll down to Locking Options.
  3. Select Unlock topic for a specific date range.
  4. Choose the Start date and End date for the time period you wish the topic to be available.
  5. You may also select Display in Calendar if you wish, so that students will be informed via the Calendar tool.
  6. Click Save and Close or Save.