LEO: How Do I - Lock a Discussion Forum or Topic? (Faculty)

Locking a topic is an effective way of closing a conversation while allowing students to refer back to messages. You can specify a start and end date for when a forum or topic unlocks to set it up ahead of time to coordinate with your course calendar. When a topic or forum is locked, only individuals with special permission will be able to modify the content. 

TIP: Consider locking a topic to end a conversation, and then use a pinned message to post a summary inside the topic. When students access the locked topic, your summary appears at the top.

  1. From the course home page, select Discussions Note: You may be required to click the My Tools drop down menu to select Discussions
  2. Click the drop down arrow next to the Forum or Topic you want to edit and select Edit Forum or Edit TopicNote: You can also select visibility options when creating a new Forum or Topic.
  3. Under Locking Options, select Show locking options and select one of the following:
    • Forum:
      • Unlock forum
      • Lock forum
      • Unlock forum for a specific date range
    • Topic:
      • Unlock topic
      • Lock topic
      • Unlock topic for a specific date range
  4. Select Save and CloseSave and New, or Save.