Discussions - D2L Brightspace Tool Of The Month (February 2018)


Do you find your classroom time isn’t enough to properly discuss the materials within your course? Are you looking for an online location to engage with your students outside of the classroom?

The Discussions tool in D2L Brightspace is a collaboration area where users can post, read, and reply to messages on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with others on assignments or homework.

You can also use the Discussions tool to :

  • Pose a question or article for your class to debate.
  • Have a “Class Café” area where students can ask questions regarding the course.
  • Conduct group discussions.
  • Discuss the Answers of an Assignment.
  • Course journal space for your students.
  • Location for students to upload presentations for Peer review.


Some of the key features within the D2L Discussions Tool include:

  • The ability to Grade students' posts.
  • Anonymous posts
  • Users must start a discussion thread before they can read/reply to others in each topic.
  • A moderator (instructor) must approve individual posts before they are seen by others.
  • The ability to have a discussion Forum (or Topic) unlocked for a specific date range.
  • Restricting a discussion for individuals or groups of students.

If you would like to learn more about Discussions in D2L Brightspace, or, would like some assistance in setting up discussions within your course please contact us at d2l@unb.ca or visit our resources site (http://www.unb.ca/d2l ) for PDF and Video Tutorials.