D2L - How to Create a Discussion Forum and Topic (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.

This document describes how to create and setup a discussion forum and topic in a D2L course. In general, online discussions are a space in which students can talk about issues and topics relevant to the course. They can share insight and perspective, expounding upon content not necessarily discussed in class. In these discussions, a "forum" is an organizational container. "Topics" fit within a forum and these topics are where discussion posts are made.

All D2L courses have the Discussion tool available under the Assignments drop-down menu in the navigation bar.


1. Click on Communication in the navigation bar, and select Discussion.

2. Click the New button, and select Forum from the drop-down menu.


3. Enter the desired information and availability settings. For more options, click show forum visibility options and/or show locking options.

Forum Details
 Forum two

4. Press the Save and Add Topic button.

5. In the next window, enter the topic title and description. It will automatically be placed in your newly-created forum.

*Note* A topic is needed under the forum in order for any information posted under the forum to be visible to students. Students can only post information under a topic.

6. Select the Save button.

7. Click on Close to view all Forums and Topics.

(Hint: Multiple topics can be added under the same Forum. Click on the arrow next to the Forum name, and select Add Topic from the drop-down menu).

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Created:2007-08-16 19:00 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:20 CDT
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