New Topic workflow - from the Discussions area
When you are creating a new topic, on the Properties tab, the topic type defaults to Open topic. Administrators and instructors can select the new Group or section topic option instead. Once you create and save the topic, you cannot change the topic type. If you selected the topic type as open, you can access the original Group Restrictions area on the Restrictions tab.
New topic Properties tab
New Group Category workflow - from the Groups area
To create group categories the new way, select the Create one topic with threads separated by group radio button.
Create group discussion - default
Create group discussion - new option
Creating / reading / participating in group discussions
One discussion topic is created for an entire group and posts within it are associated with specific groups. As a result, instructors observe less scrolling on the discussion list. Instructors can use the new All Groups filter on the topic to view all posts or to only view posts for a specific group. Inside a discussion thread, users can see which group the thread belongs to.
New thread - choice of group
View discussion thread
Only one grade item is required. This makes assessing discussion topics faster as instructors do not have to navigate in and out of topics to complete an assessment.
Now, when instructors copy groups to new courses, the group setup (grade item, assessment option, etc.) is also copied over.
Workflow for learners
Note: There is no change in workflow for learners as they can only see one discussion topic and the posts within it that are associated with their group, as expected.