If you have access to discussions, you can click the Discussion link on your course navigation bar:
The main discussion area displays a list of current, active discussions.
Select the discussion you want to join from the displayed list.
The Discussions tool can be used for online discussions between you, other students and/or your instructor.
You may be asked to create messages about the course readings, class activities, group projects, or useful resources you think might be of interest to other students.
Be sure to read the instructions from your instructor so that you are clear what is expected on each discussion topic.
To reply to an existing post, click on the existing posting from the list of messages in the Topic to open and read it. Click Reply for the post you want to reply to.
The Add Message: portion of the discussion panel displays, allowing you to reply to the posting much like you would to an email.
In the upper left corner of the Discussions page, click on the Settings Link.
You may want to try different settings to see which ones you prefer. Take a look at the "Message List Styles".
Grid Style is the style used by many discussion boards.
*This is the default Style. The Reading Style allows you to see multiple messages on one screen without having to click to open each one. However, after reading the messages, be sure to click on the link (Mark As Read) at the top of the screen. This will mark each message as being read so that you know which ones you have already read when you return to the board and it also ensures that you will receive credit for reading it (if your instructor is grading the discussion this way). This clicking is automatic in the Grid Style.
1. Click to display the search fields.
The Search field displays:
2. Type the words you want to search for and click Search. The search tool cannot search through attachments but only the text of postings.
To a new message:
To a current discussion posting:
"Flagging" a message allows you to make a particular discussion post (time-sensitive or important) more visible for the next time you return to the Discussion Topic. A flag icon displays to the left of the Subject text.
To view only the messages you have flagged or have not read yet, use the View drop down box. Select either Unread Only or Flagged Only. Click Apply.
In Grid Style:
For more information, review the Discussion Quick Start Guide for Students.