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Discussions-related Questions

  1. What's the difference between a discussion thread and topic?

  2. Why can’t I access a discussion post?

  3. The discussion is missing, what do I do?

  4. There is no restriction on the discussion topic, but I receive an Error message when trying to access it.

  5. Why am I unable to post in a discussion I have access to?

  6. When I try to compose a discussion posting or reply to a posting no text appears in the text box area. Why?

  7. Why are discussion posts not formatting correctly when I copy content over from another source?

  8. Why can’t I delete my discussion posts?

Discussions-related Answers

1. What's the difference between a discussion thread and topic?

A forum is equivalent to a folder which contains a collection of 1 or more discussion topics. You post to discussion topics and each post within the topic is called a thread.

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2. Why can’t I access a discussion post?

If you are receiving a “Not Authorized” or “Internal Error” message when attempting to access a discussion post, the discussion may no longer be available and is hidden or the release conditions set on a discussion are not permitting access to the discussion.

Ensure that you are completing modules in the order of activities as set forth by your instructor since there may be release conditions set around accessing a discussion topic. As well, verify that the due date for viewing the discussion has not passed (screenshot below). If it has, the discussion is not available anymore and has been hidden. Contact your Instructor for any issues related to past due discussions.

If the due date has not passed but you are still receiving an error message, contact Nexus Support for help with this issue.

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3. The discussion is missing, what do I do?

If you can’t locate a discussion or it’s missing, the instructor has either hidden it or had set a start and end date for discussion visibility that has now passed. Contact the instructor for further options in accessing the discussion.

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4. There is no restriction on the discussion topic, but I receive an Error message when trying to access it.

This issue can be caused when files with illegal characters in the file name are uploaded to a discussion topic. There is a workaround available. From the discussion area, click on 'Settings' in the top right of the page and check to see what Default view is being used for your Personal Settings. If you are currently using Reading View select Grid View and save the change. Return to the list of discussion topics and see if the error can be reproduced. If you are still unable to access the topic contact Nexus Support for further investigation.

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5. Why am I unable to post in a discussion I have access to?

If you can access a discussion but can’t post in it, the discussion’s permissions are set so that the discussion is visible for viewing but is locked and not available for posting. Check to see when the discussion was due. If the due date has passed, contact the course instructor for further information. If the discussion’s due date has not passed, or if the discussion does not have a due date, contact Nexus Support for help with this issue.

If it is just the “Post” button that is missing, contact Nexus Support.

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6. When I try to compose a discussion posting or reply to a posting no text appears in the text box area. Why?

When using the latest version of Internet Explorer 11, the text editor functionality is unusable when posting and/or replying to a discussion post or an email message. Use Firefox or an earlier version of Internet Explorer (IE 9 or IE 10) instead.

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7. Why are discussion posts not formatting correctly when I copy content over from another source?

If discussion posts are not formatting correctly when using copy & paste, ensure you have enabled and are using the proper tools for copying from another source.

  1. Ensure that the HTML Editor is Enabled:

  •    Navigate to Account Settings from the dropdown menu beside your name in the Minibar.
  •    Make sure the HTML Editor Settings is NOT checked.
  •    Save changes.

  2. Copy the content into the HTML Editor (the large, message text box that appears below the "Enter a subject" field when you go to post a new discussion thread or reply to an existing thread):

  •    Temporarily place or write the text (that you wish to post in the discussion) into a Microsoft Word or similar word processing document.
  •    Make any formatting changes to the text using the formatting features found within the Word document.
  •    Select and copy the text you want to post from the Word document.
  •    Go to the Nexus Discussion you want to post or reply to and in the HTML Editor and select where you would like the text to go.
  •    Use the CTRL + V keys on your keyboard to paste the text content.
  •    Select Insert.
  •    The content should appear with correct formatting. The HTML Editor window also provides you with the ability to edit the text's formatting using similar features as in Word (e.g. Bold, Italics, ordered lists and unordered lists, etc.)

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8. Why can’t I delete my discussion posts?

Students do not have permission to delete discussion posts. Contact the instructor if you need a post deleted as instructions have permission to delete discussion posts.

You can edit the discussion post and remove the content as a workaround. Note that your changes will be recorded. Also, it is important to verify first with the instructor of the course in case there is a specific way they want you to deal with editing discussion posts.

Workaround:

  • In the Course Home page, go to Communication, then Discussions.
  • Locate your discussion post and select Edit.
  • Edit the content/title of the post as indicated by the instructor.
  • Save changes.

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