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Setting Dates within the D2L Discussions Tool to Display in the Pulse App

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1. From 'Discussions,' navigate to the topic you want to edit. Select the drop-down arrow then select 'Edit Topic.'

Screenshot of the Discussions page showing to select the drop-down arrow next to Intro Discussion and then to select Edit Topic from its drop down menu located below the "View Topic in Grid View"

2. The 'Edit Topic' page will appear. Select the 'Restrictions' tab where you can set the availability and restriction details.

Screenshot of "Edit Topic- Intro Discussion" window showing to select the Restrictions tab located below the gray Access Topic and next to Properties.

3. Add a Start Date (when a discussion becomes available to learners) and an End Date (when a discussion becomes restricted to learners) to the respective boxes.

In the example below, the check-boxes are selected and the date and time for 'Has Start Date' and 'Has End Date' are set. You can also set a specific time for the Start and End dates, instead of the defaulted times.

At a minimum, the End Date must be established so the discussion will appear in Brightspace Pulse.

Screenshot of the availability section showing to select the checkbox beside Has Start Date and set Date and time and to select checkbox beside the Has End date and to select date and time
  • The "visible with access restricted before start or after end" option allows you to make content visible to students before its start date but restricts their ability to access the content until the start date arrives. This provides students with a preview of what's to come while ensuring they cannot interact with the content prematurely.
  • The "hidden before start or after end" option, on the other hand, completely hides the item from students until the start date and/or after the end date. This means students cannot see or access the content, assignment, or assessment until the designated time-frame.

Both options offer flexibility and control to instructors in managing the release and availability of course materials, assignments, and assessments, helping create a structured learning experience for students.

4. Select the Display on Calendar to add the discussion topic to the course calendar. When done, select Save and Close.

Screenshot showing to select the checkbox for Display In Calendar then to select the blue Save and Close button at the bottom

Great Job! The availability details then will display and will appear in Brightspace Pulse.


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