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Setting group and section restrictions for a discussion forum or topic

You can restrict a forum or topic so that it is only accessible to members of a specific group or section. This enables you to:

  • Create discussion areas where members of a group or section can collaborate on assignments or discuss course material in small teams.
  • Create separate forums or topics for each group or section in a course offering.

Note You must create groups or sections before you can set group or section restrictions.

Restrict a single forum or topic

  1. Do one of the following:
    • On the Discussions List page, click Edit from the context menu of the forum or topic you want to hide. You can also set visibility options when creating a new forum or topic.
    • If you are creating a new forum or topic, you can create group and section restrictions after clicking Save.
  2. In the Group and Sections Restrictions area of the Restrictions tab, select the Restrict this forum to the following groups and sections or Restrict this topic to the following groups and sections check box.
  3. Click Add Groups and Sections.
  4. In the Add Groups and Sections window, select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click Save.

To remove a group or section’s access, click the Remove icon beside the group or section, then click Save.

To open the forum or topic to everyone again, clear the Restrict this forum to the following groups and sections check box or Restrict this topic to the following groups and sections check box, then click Save.

Restrict multiple forums or topics simultaneously

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Restrictions from the tool navigation.
  2. Select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  3. Select the Forum containing the topics you want to restrict or select All Forums from the drop-down list.
  4. To restrict a forum or topic to specific groups or sections, select the check box in the Restricted column, then select the groups or sections you want to have access to the forum or topic.
  5. Click Save.

To open a forum or topic to everyone, clear the check box in the Restricted column and click Save.

Automatically create restricted discussion topics for groups or sections

You can automatically create a discussion topic for each group in a selected category. Topics get their names from the group categories and groups they associate with.

  1. On the Discussions List page, click Restrictions from the tool navigation.
  2. Click the Automatically create restricted topics link.
  3. Select a Group or Section Category from the drop-down list.
  4. Select where to create the topics from the Forum drop-down list. If you want to create a new forum for the restricted topics, click New Forum.
  5. Click Create.

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