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How do I prevent new forum threads from being created?

Step-by-step guide

At any time during a discussion using Open Forums, you may want to prevent students from starting a new thread, only allowing replies to existing questions. This can be controlled by the Permissions of the individual forum.

  1. After creating the discussion forum, locate the green gear icon on the upper right hand side of the page.   From the drop-down menu, click on the Permissions link.
    Locate the gear icon. To the right of the gear icon is a drop-down menu. Select the Permissions link from the drop-down menu.

  2. Locate the listing labeled "Start new discussions" and click the trash icon next to the "Student" role to remove it from the list. 
    1. There is no save on this page so you can then navigate back to the forum.
  3. Students accessing the forum will no longer see the "Add a new discussion topic" button. They will only be able to read the questions you posted and reply.



  • You can check this from the student’s view by using the Switch Roll To feature.
    To the right of the profile picture is a drop-down menu.  Click on the drop-down menu and select Switch Roll To and then select student. This allows you to view your course from the student perspective.