Create a discussion thread

The Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework.

Note the following:

  • Your instructor may choose to incorporate a word count as part of their assessment of your discussion posts. When enabled, a visual word count becomes visible in the Brightspace Editor for discussion posts. All words in a discussion post are counted, including filler words such as “the,” “if,” and “to.” The word count is dynamically displayed to you while you type in the Brightspace Editor (Discussions Reading View only) and it also appears next to posts you create in the Discussions Reading View and Grid View. You can view the word count for your posts only.
  • When copying and pasting formatted content from other sources, the Brightspace Editor in the Discussions tool contains some limitations. For example, if you copy content from a document with APA formatting and paste it into a discussion thread, the formatting is not preserved. As a best practice for submitting assignments, D2L recommends using the Assignments tool. If you choose to use the Discussions tool, D2L recommends submitting documents as attachments in the tool, which preserves document formatting.