Creating global topics will be an important task for you as an online instructor, so it's crucial that you understand how to do this. Odds are, though, that you will not need to create your own topics for assignments and discussions.
How can you tell whether you need to create or import topics?
The easiest way to tell whether or not your class needs global topics for the assignments and discussions is to visit your Discussion page and click the link to "Pending Topics" (under "Instructor Tools").
Scenario 1: Topics are listed for all modules
If under "Pending Topics" you see a long list of topics for Modules 1-15, then you are good to go!
If you have no topics — or only the standard start-up topics ("Instructor's Office" and "Student Lounge" and "Welcome...") — listed under "Pending Topics," you will need to request that global topics be imported for you from a previous instructor's section. Contact your department to put in your request.
In those rare cases where no global topics have yet been created, you will need to create them yourself. This is a bit of a chore, admittedly, but keep in mind that this is the only time you'll ever have to do this.
Please Note: Depending on when you check your list, these generic topics may appear in your "Current Topics" instead of under "Pending Topics."