How to archive discussions in Brightspace LE

 

Overview: There is no export tool to export discussion topics/messages in the discussions area of Brightspace LE but there is a work-a-round should a user wish to archive discussion postings from inside a course. Users can archive electronic files to a local computer or print to paper.

For the purposes of this workflow, you may first want to set your Discussions Settings view to Grid View:

Go into the discussions area by selecting "Discussions" on the course nav bar.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of the 'discussions' link on the course nav bar

 

Select "Settings" (top right in the discussions area).

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of the "Settings" link in the upper right of the discussions area

 

Select "Grid View" as your "Default View" in the Discussions Settings area.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of grid view in the settings area

Also note that de-selecting "Show the preview pane" is preferred from under the "Grid View Settings/Display Settings" area.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows deselection of the "Show the preview pane" checkbox

Select "Save" after adjusting the settings.

 

Setting the default to Grid View assures that when you select a topic from the discussions list it will display as grid view throughout discussions area. However, note that users can also decide to leave the Discussions Settings default as Reading View and then elect to view the topic in grid view by using the action menu associated with the topic to select the menu item "View Topic in Grid View."

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of the "View Topic in Grid View" selection of the action menu drop down

 

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To print a discussion topic:

1. Go into the discussions area by selecting "Discussions" on the course nav bar.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of the 'discussions' link on the course nav bar

 

2. In the "Discussions List" select the topic title that contains the discussion post(s) you wish to archive.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of the topic

 

3. After selecting the topic title the discussion topic will display in Grid View.

When viewing in Grid View, use the checkbox system to select all (by selecting the checkbox "Select all rows" - 1) or just certain threads or just certain messages. With the messages selected that you wish to archive, select the "Print" (2) icon.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows display of discussion threads in the grid view format and shows the "Print" link as well

 

 

4. A pop window appears and displays as a "Printable View" window. The "Print" button is available in the lower left of the window.

BSLE CD screenshot - shows selection of the Print button from the Printable View area

5. There are a number of ways you can proceed from this point.

  1. select the text in the window, copy and then paste into a text editor of your choice (Microsoft Word, Notepad etc.), name the file and save it
  2. if you have the ability to print to PDF, select the "Print" button and print the document to PDF, name the file and save it
  3. right click (or control click Mac) and look at the options - for instance, you can save the file as a web document (.html) or text (.txt)

Done.

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