You may extend the due dates of a discussion for one or more students to accommodate special needs (i.e. extend the close date or grant earlier access to forums or topics).
The special access feature is only available in forums or topics that had open and / or due dates to start with, as special access basically allows you to vary these original dates for students, as needed, to accommodate special needs or circumstances.
Special access in forums:
To grant special access in a forum to a student, go to “Grade Forum” and click on the special access icon to the right of their name. (The feature is only available in forums that have dates).
Click on the Add Special Access icon in the row of the student to whom you want to give special access rights to. Change the open or due date, as desired. Save your changes.
To grant special access to more than one students at once, go to Manage, and click on the special access icon to the right of the forum. Click on the Special Access icon to grant unique access rights to a forum for one or more students. Then, click on Add and select the name of the student. Change the open and / or close dates, as desired. Save your changes.
Special Access in Topics:
You may give special access to students in topics that have open/due dates. To do so, go to Grade Topic. Click on the Add Special Access icon in the row of the student to whom you want to give special access rights to. Change the open or due date, as desired. Save your changes.
In summary, special access for forums can be accessed under Manage and under grading. Under Manage, you are able to set special access to more than one student at once. Special access for topics is handled under the grading of topics view, and it is set for each individual student.
It is easy for you to see if you have granted special access permissions to students in a forum or topic. The special access icon will have a magnifying glass, indicating that you can click on it to view the permissions that you have given. If the special access icon has a green add sign, it means that there are no permissions assigned for that forum or topic and you can click on it to grant special privileges.