About Discussion Access Links

Discussion Access Links allow any user clicking the link, or scanning a generated QR code, to access the discussion with a specified role, without being invited to the discussion. They can be used to control when students are able to access a discussion, making them particularly useful when assigning tasks on Kialo Edu with a deadline.

Important Notes Regarding Discussion Access Links

  • When a Discussion Access Link is enabled, anyone – including those who are not signed in to Kialo Edu – can access the discussion by following the link. During setup, you can specify the role logged in users following the Discussion Access Link have in the discussion. If users are signed in, they are also able to contribute to the discussion (such as creating claims or comments) in the ways that role allows.
     
  • Discussion Access Links allow you to control when students can access the discussion by enabling or disabling the link. So long as students’ accounts have not also been invited to the discussion, the link is the only means by which their accounts have permission to view the discussion. Therefore, once the link is disabled, so is their access to the discussion. The link can be re-enabled at any time if required, such as to allow students to view Teacher Feedback or if they require an extension to their assignment.
  • You can either share a link with students or a QR code which is generated during the process. The QR code, when scanned, will open the Discussion Access Link.
    • To open the generated QR code, click the copy-url.svg QR code icon to the right of the Discussion Access Link once you have enabled them.
  • If a discussion participant, who already has a role in the discussion, clicks a Discussion Access Link that is set to a higher role than they currently have (for example, if the participant is currently a Writer and the link role is set to Editor), they are promoted to the higher role while the link is enabled. You can use this to give students limited ongoing permissions once the Discussion Access Link is disabled. For example, by inviting students’ accounts as Viewers, they’ll be able to continue to view the discussion after the assignment deadline.
  • If a discussion with Discussion Access Links enabled is cloned, Discussion Access Links are disabled in the cloned discussion and need to be re-enabled if desired.
  • If a Discussion Access Link is embedded, any users viewing the embed also view the discussion as if they had clicked the Discussion Access Link. This can be used with your website or LMS platform to allow students to view or interact with the discussion without needing to leave the site or LMS. See Embedding a Kialo Discussion for further information on embedding discussions, or Using Kialo with Learning Management Systems for LMS-specific help with embedding discussions.

How to Enable or Disable Discussion Access Links

Note: To adjust settings for Discussion Access Links, you must have Admin permissions or higher in a discussion.

Discussion Access Links are disabled by default.

To enable Discussion Access Links:

  1. Open the Discussion Menu and click Discussion Settings.
  2. Click the Invites & Permissions tab.
  3. In the ‘Discussion Access Link’ section, click Enable to generate a link.
  4. (Optional): If desired, adjust ‘Writer’ to another role.

To disable Discussion Access Links:

  1. Open the Discussion Menu and click Discussion Settings.
  2. Click the Invites & Permissions tab.
  3. In the ‘Discussion Access Link’ section, click Disable.
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