Accommodations in Discussions

Discussions are asynchronous by nature, meaning that students typically are asked to respond over the course of a few days to a prompt that was created for them in advance. Since students will all have several days to respond, often special accommodations are not needed, unless the student is unable to participate during the set timeframe. In essence, the student will need an extension, not an accommodation.

If Discussion topics in a course have start and end dates and/or locking dates, and there is a student who needs to participate beyond those original dates, Instructors can either remove those dates or change the dates to allow the student to participate through a later date. Changing these dates will change for the entire class.

As a reminder, start and end dates are the dates a discussion topic is visible to students. Locking dates are the dates a student can respond to and participate in a discussion topic. It is important to review both of these types of dates.

Review the following resources to modify settings for Discussion Topics: