D2L (Brightspace) - Creating Personal Discussion Areas
It is no longer possible for UW Colleges Online or Central IT to automatically create Personal Discussion Areas for section courses in D2L. These are the steps that will allow instructors to create their own.
A Personal Discussion Area (PDA) is nothing more than a group of one, the individual student. They can be used for private communication with students when instructors want to avoid email.
UW Colleges Online has created a guide which shows instructors how to make those groups: