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How do I add restrictions to a discussion topic? Activities | Discussions

The Restrictions tab allows you to create conditions for the availability and/or visibility of discussion topics in the following ways:

  • Release Conditions are used to determine when the topic is available (for example: students can only see the topic if they have achieved a score of 80% or higher on a certain quiz. You can add multiple release conditions to a single topic).
  • Group and Section Restrictions are used to determine to whom the topic is available (for example: only students form Tutorialgroup 1 are able to see the topic).
  • Go to Activities in the navbar of your course.
  • Click on Discussions. You will now see the discussions homepage.
  • Click on arrow next to the topic to which you want to add restrictions.
  • Click on Edit Topic.
  • Click on Restrictions (the second tab).
  1. Click on Restrictions (second tab).
  2. Check the Hide from Users box to make the topic invisible to students.
  3. Under Availability:
    • you can fill in a start and/or end date if you want to make the topic visible for a limited time only;
    • you can check the Display in Calendar box if you want these dates to be visible in the calendar of the students.
  4. Under Locking Options:
    • check the Unlock topic box if you want the topic to be open for activity. NB: this is the default option;
    • check the Lock topic box if you want to lock the topic. NB: students are still able to read the discussion;
    • check the Unlock topic for a specific date range box if you want the topic to be available for a specific period:  
      • Fill in a start and/or end date.
      • Check the Display in Calendar box if you want these dates to be visible in the calendar of the students.
  1. Under Release Conditions you can attach conditions when the topic will be available:
    • Is your topic linked to a forum that already has certain release conditions? If so, than you are able to copy these restrictions by adding them with the Attach existing button:
      • Select the condition you want to add,
      • Click on Add.
    • Click on Create and Attach to add a new release condition:
      • Select the condition you want to add.
      • Click on Create.
  2. The dropdown menu allows you to choose whether students have to fulfill only one (Any condition must be met) or all (All conditions must be met) of the attached release conditions to gain access to the topic.
  3. Under Group and Section Restrictions you can attach conditions for whom the topic will be available:
    • Check the Restrict this topic to the following groups and sections box to restrict access to this topic to certain groups.
    • Click Add Groups and Sections and select the specific group or section. Click Add.
  4. Click Save and Close to return to the discussions homepage. Click Save and Add Topic to create a new topic or scroll up to add Assessments or Objectives.