Avoid This - 03. Don't delete Topics

(Settings → Topics → Click a Topic → Edit Points Settings at Bottom)

To influence what learners are discussing each week, we recommend switching points on and off for Topics that you want to focus attention on, rather than adding and deleting Topics throughout the course.  Changing whether the points are activated still allows learners to discuss and label content for the Topics they are interested in, but without a points benefit.

Adding new Topics during a course is ok if you realize you have missed one that would be helpful, but we highly suggest that you avoid deleting Topics.  This is an especially strong recommendation if the Topic was already used (e.g., don’t delete a week 1 Topic in week 3).

Why?  Deleting Topics prevents learners from using those Topic tags as filters for studying and will remove their data from the Topic Analysis view in the instructor Dashboard.

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