Pearson LearningStudio Documentation & Videos: Thread Preferences
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Note: The video above does not include the enhancements launched December 2013.

 


Threaded Discussion Preferences

You can set course-level Threaded Discussion preferences from the Course Admin page, but you can also override these options at the individual content item level from the Toolbox page. The Toolbox page lists specific Threaded Discussion preferences, such as moving Threads, deleting Threads, assigning Threads to a group, etc.


Set Course-level Threaded Discussion Preferences

Step 1: On the Tools menu, click Course Admin.

Step 2: Click Threaded Discussion Preferences.

Step 3: Select the check box for any of the following:

  • Set topics to "read only" after the scheduled end dates for all Threaded Discussions in this course - Locks all Thread postings once the content item's End Date is passed. Students can view the Thread, but they will not see respond Respond or edit Edit buttons.

  • Allow students to edit their posted responses for all Threaded Discussions in this course - Allows students to edit their own Thread responses after they've posted them to a Threaded Discussion. If a Thread response is edited, a Last Modified date displays under the response, as well as the original post date.

  • Display Threaded Discussion responses in "Preview" mode - Displays the first sentence or two of a Thread response. By enabling this feature, you and your students can view the first couple sentences of a Thread response without having to expand the entire response to see what is being discussed.

  • Students can edit the subject line when responding to a previous response - Enables you to change the subject line to a threaded discussion when writing a response. For example, if the threaded discussion becomes lengthy or includes important information you will reference again, changing the subject line is one way to manage the discussion and flag or mark responses for future reference.

  • Hide topics from students for all Threaded Discussions (this setting can be overridden at the topic level. - Enables you to hide topics while you are developing them.

  • Post first - Hide responses for a topic until a response is posted by a student for a Threaded Discussion (this setting can be overridden at the topic level). - Enables you to hide a discussion until a student posts their first response so that they do not have the benefit of reading other responses before forming their initial response. Note: This will not retroactively set this for previously created Threaded Discussions in the course. Any existing disucssions will need to have this enabled in author mode for each discussion.

  • Display number of responses for a topic. - Shows a counter of responses and unread responses so you can gauge activity on a topic at a glance.

Step 5: Click Save Changes.

Threaded Discussion Preferences

Threaded Discussion Preferences
Instructor View from "Add Topic" screen from Author for Threaded Discussion
Instructor View from "Add Topic" screen from Author for Threaded Discussion

Course View of Threads (Instructor and Student)

Course View of Threads (Instructor and Student)


Threaded Discussion Toolbox

Each content item you add to your course has a Toolbox associated with it. The Toolbox is a location where you can set preferences and properties for the current content item. Although most options in the Toolbox are common to all content items, there are several options that are unique to a particular content item. Options in the Toolbox may include:

  • Edit Schedule

  • Move (content item)

  • Hide/Show (content item)

  • Delete (content item)

  • Assign To: Groups

You'll only see the Assign To Groups option if you've created groups in your course. Similarly, you cannot create a Dropbox Basket for Exams or for Threaded Discussions, so you will not see the Create Dropbox Basket option for those items.

Thread options you set in the Toolbox will apply to the current Thread only. You can set these same options at the course level from the Course Admin tab --> Preferences page. Options set at this level will apply to all Threaded Discussion content items in the course. You can still override course-level settings at the content item level, however.

 

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Edit Schedule Edit Schedule

Click Edit Schedule. Assign dates and preferences accordingly.

move Move

Move the Threaded Discussion to another section or Unit in the course. You can also select this option to reorder the Thread within the Unit.

1. Open Toolbox.

2. Click move Move.

3. At this point, you can:

  • In the Move drop-down list, select the Unit to which you want to move the content item.

  • Change the numbers in the Order column to reflect the new order.

4. Click Save Changes.

delete Delete

Delete the Threaded Discussion content item and all topics or Threads within it. *Remember that if you delete a Thread that is associated with the Gradebook all grade will go away with that Thread.

1. Open Toolbox.

2. Click delete Delete. A confirmation message displays.

3. Select the check box to accept the confirmation message, and then click Delete Content & Responses.

Assign to

Assign a target audience for the Threaded Discussion. This might be the entire class, groups, etc.

Set all topics to "read only" after the scheduled end date.

Select this option to lock all Thread postings once the content item's End Date is passed. Students can view the Thread, but they will not end date see Respond or Edit buttons.

Allow students to edit their responses after posting

Select this option to allow students to edit their own Thread responses after they've posted them to a Threaded Discussion. If a Thread response is edited, a Last Modified date displays under the response, as well as the original post date.

Hide item from students

Hide the Threaded Discussion from course view so that students cannot see it. When you set up your course structure, you can hide and show content items as the course progresses.



 


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