Canvas for Instructors

Create a Discussion Forum

  • To create a discussion, go in the Discussions page and click on the + Discussion button at the top right corner of the page.


  • Enter a title and description for the discussion topic.


  1. This will allow course members to respond directly to other comments, allowing for conversations and debates that require more than one post.
  2. This delays the discussion until a certain date. The discussion appears automaically after the set date.
  3. This option prevents a student from seeing any replies made by other students until they have submitted thier own response.
  4. This option enables a podcast feed if the script has been embedded in the discussion topic.
  5. This option will create a gradebook entry for the discussion topic.
  • Once you are finished setting up the discussion, click on the Save button to create the discussion forum.
  • With the discussion thread created, click on the publish button at the top to make it visible to the students.