As of 10/12/16, there is a known problem with accessing closed discussions.
If you click on a closed discussion, whether it is a future discussion or a past discussion, you will get an “Access Denied” message.
The red error message is quite intimidating, isn’t it? 🙂
This is a known issue that is hoped to be fixed in the November updates, but we won’t know anything until then.
You have 2 options if you are looking to grade a closed discussion.
You can use the “grade” option that is available through the drop-down Action Menu. That gives you access to individual student entries and you can see what each student wrote in the discussion. You can enter a grade in that area.
However, the “grade” option does not give you the discussion entries in context.
If you want to see the discussion entries in context, your only option is to re-open the discussion (i.e. take off the end date), while you grade.
As an option, to keep the open time to a minimum and yet allow you to work at your own pace, you can Collect the contents of the entire discussion for offline reading. Select all the threads, then click on the word “Collect”. In the collect options, select “Thread Order” and then you can Print (or Print to PDF for a digital reading option). You can then re-close the discussion while you read the entries in context, at your leisure.
If you need any help with this, contact your favorite Blackboard help person for assistance!