Desire2Learn - How to Export Discussion Posts


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.

Overview: There is no export tool to export discussion topics/messages in the discussions area but there is a work-a-round should a user wish to archive discussion postings from inside a course.

WARNING: Student content and grades are regulated by FERPA. Please store data in accordance with University FERPA policies, defined here:

To save Discussions, you must either copy-and-paste into Microsoft Word or another word processor, or print posts to a PDF file. 

When viewing discussions in Reading View, you can use your web browser’s print feature and skip to step 5, below. If you’re viewing discussions in Grid View, follow the steps below, beginning at step 1. 

Step 1: In your course, select “Discussions” from the navigation bar. Select (click) the Topic you’d wish to archive posts from. An example is shown here.

Discussion List

Step 2: When viewing the topic posts, you can change the view options to allow you to ‘print’ all posts. Change view to “All Posts” under “Unthreaded

All Posts

Step 3: By default, the number of posts viewed at a time is 20. Increase the number of posts to as high as possible — typically 50.

Step 4: At the top of the list of posts, to the left of the headings is a checkbox. Select it to select all messages on that page. The background of each message title, name, etc will turn blue. Then select the ‘Print” icon at the top of the page.

Discssion Print Image

Step 5: A window will appear with the text from all posts.
  • If Adobe Acrobat is installed, you can also select the “Print” button in the window to open the Print settings window for your computer. Select ‘Adobe PDF” for the printer.
  • If you use other PDF software, you should be able to use that software to convert the posts to a PDF
  • If you have Microsoft Office XP or higher for Windows, you can also print the document to “Microsoft Office Document Image Writer”/”Microsoft XPS Document Writer” which will save all pages as a multi-page TIFF file or XPS file.
  • You can also select (highlight) all text and copy-and-paste into Word or another word processor application.
Also, remember that the exported file may contain sensitive information such as private student information. Always store the file on a university maintained, secure, password protected location.

Keywords:discussions export posts   Doc ID:76899
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Created:2017-09-26 09:21 CDTUpdated:2017-12-01 12:05 CDT
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