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How do I pin a topic in Conversations?

In Conversations, instructors can pin individual topics to the top of the Conversations left-hand topics list. Pinning allows instructors to bring attention to important topics that matter to the whole class. This is a separate feature from bookmarking, which allows individual users to select topics they would like to track. 

Instructors can choose to pin a topic while creating it, or they can pin a topic after its creation.

Note: You cannot pin individual answers or comments, only the whole topic.

Adding a Pinned Post

To create a post that will be pinned from its publication, first select the Create New Topic button in the upper-right corner of Conversations.

Before publishing your work go to the section Post Options. Select Pinned to ensure your post will be kept at the top of the topics list. 

Once you publish, your post should appear at the top of the left-hand topics list. Pinned posts will be displayed under the “Pinned” header, and a pin icon will appear on the right of every post preview in the left-hand topics list. 

Pinning a Post Later

Pinning a topic after its creation can be particularly helpful for highlighting posts created by students that you want the entire course to read.

When you select a topic in the left-hand list, the original post and its comments will appear in the right-hand display column. Below the text of the initial post, you will see the option to Pin a topic, alongside a pin icon. Select Pin.

The post should appear at the top of the left-hand topics list. Pinned posts will be displayed under the Pinned header and a pin icon will appear on the right of every topic preview in the left-hand list. 

Unpinning a Post

You can unpin a topic in two ways. When you select a pinned topic in the left-hand topics list, the post and its comments will appear in the right-hand display column. Below the text of the initial post, you will see the option to Unpin a topic, alongside a pin icon. Select Unpin. The topic should be instantly removed from the “Pinned” header in the left-hand list.

You may also use the post editor to unpin a topic. After a post has been published, three dots will appear in the upper right-hand corner. Click this to go to the post options menu. From this menu, select Edit. You will be taken to the initial post editor, scroll to the bottom, uncheck Pinned to remove your post from the topic of the topics list.

Select Publish so that this change takes effect.