How do I add Discussions topics to an existing group?

You are going to want to do this under the Groups tool. Here's how to get to the correct screen to make these group forums/topics:

  1. In the course you want to work in, click on the Communications drop-down menu in the navigation bar and select the Groups link.
  2. Click on the name of the group you would like to edit.
    Note: You might have to use the "View Categories" dropdown menu to find the group you want to work on.
  3. Click on the "Edit Discussions Restrictions" link in the Additional Options area.
  4. Click on the "Automatically create restricted topics" link.

To create new topics in an existing forum, click on the "Add Another" button for the forum listed on the dropdown menu. If you have several topics that you want each group to post messages to within that forum, you will need to click the "Add Another" button for each one you want to create. I recommend changing the titles for each set as you make them to avoid mixing the group topics up. Go to the Discussions area, click on the drop-down menu to the right of the topic name and select the Edit Topic link. Add a more descriptive title, but keep the "Group 1" or "Group 2" in the title as well so you will know which group is which (ex. Project Brainstorming Group 1, Project Brainstorming Group 2 or Case Study Group 1, Case Study Group 2, etc.).

If you need to create multiple forums as well as group topics (ex. week 1, week 2, week 3, etc.), click on the New Forum link next to the Forums dropdown menu. Once you have named the new forum, save it and then click the "Add Another" button for this forum. Keep doing this until you have the number of forums and group topics you need.