D2L -Major changes to the Discussion tool in v.10.3 (UW-Madison)


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

Desire2Learn version 10.3 has made significant changes to the look and functionality of the Discussion tool.

This document will provide an overview of the significant changes to the Discussion tool in Desire to learn version 10.3.  

Look and Feel

Forum View:  The look of the Forum View has remained much the same.  However, instructors with many forums may prefer to view the page by clicking the "Hide All Topics" link in the upper right hand corner of the window.

Hide All Topics

Topic Details on the Discussion List:

In version 10.3, Topic details on the Discussion List include the total number of threads for a topic, as well as the total number of all posts (threads plus replies).  The profile of the last person to post is also included.

Number of threads and posts labled on the right of the topic list

Note that the number of Read and Unread is no longer included.  Those details are now included in the Topic view.

Viewing Topics:  In Desire2Learn the term "Topic" refers the the discussion board, rather than an actual post.  Posts are referred to as threads.  To view the threads or posts for a Topic, click on the title of the Topic.  Or choose from the drop down menu next to the title for more choices.
Post title and dropdown menu

There are a number of changes to the Topic view, including layout and functionality differences.

Changes to the topic vie

Replying to a thread.
Replying to a thread requires the reader to go down one more level (ostensibly, so the reader actually reads the post before replying).  To reply to a thread, click on the threads title in the Topics list. 

Reply to an original thread, or reply to a reply

More help:

Email:  learnuwsupport@doit.wisc.edu

See Also:

Keywords:discussion, Discussion, Topic, topic, Forum, forum, Thread, thread   Doc ID:41743
Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2014-07-09 12:38 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:21 CDT
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