For information about divided discussions, see About Divided Discussion Topics.
In discussion topics in your course, every post has an indicator of who can read it: either all learners, or only the members of a particular group. For learners, this is the only noticeable difference between discussions in courses that use divided discussions, and courses that do not have groups and do not use divided discussions.
You can share the examples in the Read the Group Indicator in Posts section with your learners. The openlearners:Course Discussions Index section in the Open edX Learner’s Guide also provides useful information to help learners make the most of their participation in course discussions.
Course team members who have the discussion admin, discussion moderator, or community TA role see the same indicator of who can read each post. Unlike the learners, however, team members with discussion privileges can read and contribute to every post, regardless of the group membership of the learner who posted it.
Course team members must have the discussion moderator or discussion admin role in addition to the Staff or Admin role to be able to view posts that are divided by group. For information about assigning discussion moderation roles, see Assign Discussion Administration Roles.
Learners who have the Community TA role can read and contribute to all posts.
In courses where either cohorts or multiple enrollment tracks are enabled, course team members who have discussion moderator or admin privileges can also perform the following actions.
All of the other options and features described in the Managing Course Discussions section continue to be available to the discussion moderation team.
In discussion topics in your course, all posts include a group indicator above the title. This indicator appears after any learner or team member adds a post. No configuration is necessary to include this identifier, although if you use divided discussions in your course, you should use care in naming your groups, because learners see the group names in the group indicators for each post. Enrollment track groups are automatically named based on the enrollment track.
Optionally, you can name your discussion topics to make it clear to learners who their posts will be viewed by. See Apply Naming Conventions to Discussion Topics.
Every post includes a sentence that identifies whether everyone can see and contribute to it, or only the members of a group in the course. Examples follow.
You see this identifier after you add your post. All of the responses and comments that other contributors add to a post are visible to the same group of people as the original post.
Optionally, course team members can give learners the audience context of their posts before they add them. Indicating who will be able to read posts in the names of the topics themselves can be useful when a group is particularly sensitive about the privacy of their conversations.
For example, you could add “(everyone)” to the names of the unified course- wide discussion topics in your course. Similarly, you could apply a naming convention to content-specific discussion topics that you add as discussion components in Studio. For example, you could include an identifier such as “(private)” or “(small group)” in the Subcategory name of every Discussion component that you add.
When learners visit the Discussion page and use dropdown lists to select a discussion topic, the topic names indicate who can see the posts, responses, and comments.
For more information about adding and configuring course-wide discussion topics, see Create Course-Wide Discussion Topics and Specify Which Course-Wide Discussion Topics are Divided.
If you have the discussion admin, discussion moderator, or community TA role, you can make posts to divided discussion topics visible to everyone who is enrolled in the course or only to the members of a specified group. When you add a post, the Visible to dropdown list appears above the Title field.
This example shows a new post being added to a content-specific discussion topic.
As a discussion team member, you can choose the visibility of your posts in topics that are divided. This means that you can add a single post with information that you want everyone to see, rather than having to write a separate post for each group. It also means that it is possible for you to unintentionally share information with a different audience than you intended.
Learners do not choose the visibility of their posts. The visibility of learner posts is determined by the configuration of the topic they post in. See Identifying Who Can Read a Post.
Posts that discussion team members add to unified discussion topics are always visible to all learners, regardless of what group they belong to.
Keep these additional considerations in mind when you edit posts in a course that includes cohorts or multiple enrollment tracks.
When a course includes cohorts or multiple enrollment tracks, you can view posts and monitor discussion activity for each of the groups within the group type that you chose to divide discussions for. You can also view all posts.
Course team members must have discussion moderator or admin privileges in addition to their course team privileges to be able to view and filter posts that are divided.
Above the discussion navigation pane on the Discussion page, the in all groups filter is selected by default. You see every post when you make this selection. To limit the list so that you can view the same set of posts as the members of a particular group, select the name of that group.
Note that both of these lists include posts that are visible to everyone. When you filter the list by a specific group, you see the same, complete set of posts that the members of that group see.
For other options that you can use to view posts, see Moderate Discussions.