The following documentation will demonstrate the process of creating a discussion forum and topic for a course in Desire2Learn.
Log into your course and from the Communication drop-down menu, click on Discussions.
Under the New Forum Details section:
Choose if you would like to have the forum to be available during a certain time period or locked during a certain time period
Under the New Topic Details section:
Under the Restrictions tab choose if you would like to attach Release Conditions.
Under the Assesment tab, you can choose to have this discussion as a graded item. To learn more about this process visit the Create Grade Item tutorial.
When finished setting your discussion settings click Save and Close.