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New Discussion Creation and Evaluation Experience

Brightspace has slowly been updating all the creation screens to have a unified look and layout. Next up is discussions!

This is just like the changes for Assignments and Quizzes so it will look familiar.

The new layout

brightspace new discussion experience layout

The primary panel of the layout contains the most frequently used fields. Others are in the collapsible boxes on right of the primary panel.

Other updates and wording changes

Besides the layout, there are a few other updates and wording changes. To learn more about each of these individual changes, please refer to this Brightspace community article for more details.

  • Automatically create a new forum with same name and visibility as a new topic
  • Checkboxes now radio buttons for Allow anonymous posts and Users must start a thread
  • Topic type selector replaced by Manage Restrictions workflow
  • Restricting topic and separate threads
  • Restricting topic using groups and section restrictions
  • Availability Dates

Functionally, the new and old discussion experiences are the same. There is nothing you could do with the old discussion creation that you cannot also do with the new experience.

Discussion Evaluation

The Discussion Evaluation Experience has also been updated to look like the current Assignment Evaluation Experience. If you have added a rubric, easily click each criteria to score.

brightspace discussions evaluation experience screenshot

For any questions or help with the new Discussion Experience, please contact the IDAT team.

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