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Summary

This article discusses using discussion boards within Blackboard.

 

 

Discussion Boards

The Discussion Board provides for threaded online discussion. The Discussion Board consists of three levels:

    Forums: A collection of threads
    Thread: A single ongoing conversation composed of many posts
    Post: A single contribution to the conversation

Creating Discussion Board Forums and Threads

To use the Discussion Board, open the discussion board and click on Create Forum.

Give the Forum a name (required) and a description (optional).  Under 2) Forum Availability select when the Forum should be available for students.

Under 3) Forum Settings set up how the students can post to the discussion board.  Under the Grade section you can assign a points value, which will create a column in the Grade Center for the discussion board activity. However there is no way to automatically grade posts; grades must be manually entered by the instructor.

Click Submit to create the forum.

To access the forum, simply click on the forum title.

Once inside the forum, you can create a new thread by clicking on Create Thread. When you do this, you will be adding the initial post for a new thread. You can open existing threads by clicking on the Thread title.

Grading Threads

Open a gradable thread in the discussion board.

Click on grade thread. This button will only appear in threads where Grade Thread is enabled.

Click on grade to view all of a student's posts on the thread.

To add a grade, click on Edit Grade under Thread Grade on the right side of the screen. Enter a grade and feedback (optional), and then click Save Grade.

To return to the list of students, click OK in the lower right corner.

Grading Forums

Open a gradable forum in the discussion board.

Click on grade forum. This button will only appear in forums where Grade Forum is enabled.

Click on grade to view all of a student's posts in the forum.

To add a grade, click on Edit Grade under Forum Grade on the right side of the screen. Enter a grade and feedback (optional), and then click Save Grade.

To return to the list of students, click OK in the lower right corner.

Add a Navigation Button for the Discussion Board on the Course Menu

Click on the "+" in the top left corner of the button panel, and select Create Tool Link from the menu.
Enter a name for the link. Under Type, choose Discussion Board.
Set availability and Submit.


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