Discussions Grid View in Brightspace LE

Brightspace Learning Environment features a "Grid View" in the Discussions area. Users can set up their discussions area to utilize grid view.

Discussions – grid view

Grid view can help users easily identify learner and instructor participation, unread content, new content, and themes within Discussion topics.

screen shot afforded MSU by D2L - shows Grid view of a Discussions topic
Grid View of a Discussions Topic

Discussions – Setting grid view as default

Users can set their preference to use grid view as default instead of reading view when viewing topics in the Discussions tool if they have the appropriate permissions. The ability to select grid view as their default view for topics is located in Account Settings as well as in the Discussions Settings area.

screen shot afforded MSU by D2L - shows how to set the preferences for Grid view (or Reading View) in the Account Settings area as well as of a Discussions topic
Setting Discussions view preference in Account Settings (left image)
Setting Discussions view preference in Discussions Settings (right image)

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Switching between views

Users can access discussion topics using either view, regardless of their default settings, without needing to edit their Discussions settings. Both views of Discussions offer different strengths and this switching functionality allows users a method to switch views depending on what activity they want to do.

For example, if a user selects grid view as their default view, but wants to view a topic using reading view, they can select View Topic in Reading View from the context menu of the topic. Selecting View Topic or clicking on the topic name will allow the user to view the topic using grid view.

Similarly, if a user selects reading view as their default view, but wants to assess a topic using grid view, they can select View Topic in Grid View from the context menu of the topic they want to assess. They can also select View Topic or click on the topic name to assess the topic using reading view.

screen shot afforded MSU by D2L - shows how to select Grid view (or Reading View) easily via a contextual drop menu associated with a discussions topic
Ability to view topics in reading view while grid view is set as default (left image)
Ability to view topics in grid view while reading view is set as default (right image)

Discussions – Grid view setting

Users can customize their Discussions settings for using grid view. They have the ability to set whether they can see descriptions for discussion topics and if posts appear as threaded or unthreaded, among other settings.

screen shot afforded MSU by D2L - shows Grid View settings screen

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