When you go to Discussions & PM, get into the habit of clicking on Recent Topics. Going to Recent Topics is the most effective workflow for reviewing what’s been posted most recently – across forums! Click on Recent Topics and then on a post to open it.
After you read it (and perhaps reply), click on Recent Topics, again, and click on the next topic.
By following this workflow, topics that you opened and read, will no longer have an orange folder, helping you monitor what you’ve read.
You can get to Recent Topics from the Home Page of your courses, as well.
Click on the mail icon and you will be taken right into the in-box of your Private Messages.