11.2. Exploring Discussion Posts

Finding out whether someone else has already asked the same question or initiated a conversation about the subject that interests you, and then reading and contributing to that exchange instead of starting a new one, helps make the time that everyone spends with the course discussions more productive. You can search for something specific, or you can browse through the posts in a single discussion topic.

For information about finding new or updated posts in discussions, see Keeping Up with New Activity.

11.2.1. Search Posts or Topics

The Search field on top of the Discussion page enables you to search all posts, the posts that you have created or discussion topics when All posts, My post or Topics tab is selected, respectively.

To search for all posts, responses, or comments containing a particular keyword or phrase, select the All posts tab and enter the word or phrase, or a partial word in the Search field at the top of the Discussion page.

To search for a particular keyword or phrase in the posts that you have authored, select the My posts tab and enter the word or phrase, or a partial word in the Searchfield at the top of the Discussion page.

To search for a discussion topic containing a particular keyword, select the Topics tab and enter the word or phrase, or a partial word in the Search field at the top of the Discussion page.

Search results are displayed in the content list area. If an exact match is not found, search results are shown for a similar value.

11.2.2. View Discussions about a Specific Topic

Course discussions are organized by discussion topics, which are created by the course team. Anyone who adds a post to the course discussions selects an existing topic to associate their post with. For more information about topics, see Basic Elements: Topics, Posts, Responses, and Comments.

You can browse discussions by topic, to join the discussion on subjects that interest you, or to see if anyone else in the course has asked the same question.

11.2.2.1. View Topics on the Discussion Page

On the Discussion page, select the Topics tab in discussion navigation pane to see all of the discussion topics in the course. Topics tab will list course-wide discussion topics first, followed by content-specific discussion topics. Select a topic from the list to see all posts associated with that topic.

Note that course-wide topics do not have other topics indented below them, while content-specific topics are indented under a category name. You can also see the count of Discussion and Question type posts in each topic, in the topic list.

Discussion topic list expanded, showing all course discussion topics.

11.2.2.2. View Topics in a Course Unit

Content-specific topics are located in specific units in the course. They typically appear below the content they apply to. To access a content-specific topic, view the unit that contains the topic.

A discussion topic that appears below text inside the course.

You can also use the Discussion page to access a discussion in the unit where that topic is located.

  1. In the list of topics, select the topic that you want.

  2. Select a post title to open the complete post and its responses and comments next to the above the discussion navigation pane.

  3. In the text of a post, select the name of the discussion topic to go to the discussion inside the unit.

11.2.3. Filter or Sort Posts

You can filter or sort the posts in All post, My post and Topics tab in following ways:

  1. You can filter the posts by status: Unread, Following and Unanswered (question type posts only).

  2. You can filter the posts by type: Discussion or Question.

  3. You can sort the posts by Recent activity, Most activity and Most likes.

By default, both types of posts are displayed, having any status and sorted by Recent activity. In this context, activity means creation of the post itself or a response or comment on the post.

Discussion filters and sorting menu.

11.2.4. View Pinned Posts

Pinned posts appear at the top of the list of posts in All posts, My posts and Topics tab. Pinned posts can contain important information about the course or any part of the course, such as a particular video or problem. The pinned post can originate from anyone in the course, including other learners or members of the discussion moderation team, but only members of the moderation team can pin a post. Look for the pin icon on top-right of the summary of a post to identify a pinned post.

Discussion filters and sorting menu.

11.2.5. View Followed Posts

In the discussion navigation pane select All posts tab and then select Following filter from the filter menu. The content list area refreshes to show only posts that you are following.