Note: To complete these procedures, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles. For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles: Overview.
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When you create a new forum or topic, the default permission settings assign each role in the site (e.g., student) to a predefined permission level (e.g., Contributor). You can change the permissions from the default settings either while you're creating a new forum or topic (see Creating new forums and topics), or when you're editing an existing forum or topic (see Revising or deleting a forum or topic).
Under "Permissions", you can modify permission levels for participant
roles (and groups, if you've created them; see Managing groups). Click the right arrow next to "Permissions" to expand the
options available. Next to the role of the participant, use the
Permission Level drop-down list to select from several
predefined permission levels. Additionally, you can create
custom permission levels by clicking the right arrow next to "Customize" to enable or
disable specific functions.
Note: Forum permission settings will apply to all subsequently created topics in that forum, but if you modify forum permission settings after topics have been created, you must change the topic permission settings separately.
When creating custom permission levels, the functions you can allow participants to perform are:
To limit access to a specific group, you must consider role-based permissions also. For example, if the student role has permission to view a given forum or topic, then all students will be able to see it, regardless of group settings. To limit a forum or topic so that only one group can see it, remove permissions from the role to which those group members belong, and then grant permissions to the group only, as follows:
New Topic, or click
Topic Settingsto modify an existing forum or topic.
Topic Settingspage, under "Permissions", next to the relevant role (e.g., "student"), from the
Permission Leveldrop-down list, select
Permission Leveldrop-down list next to the group name, choose a permission level (e.g.,
Contributor), or click the right arrow next to "Customize" and check the boxes below the drop-down list to enable or disable specific functions.