Discussion Forums

Discussion Forums








Discussion Forums
The Discussion Board is an interactive tool in Blackboard. Its purpose is to mirror face-toface conversations among students. Rather than being a place where students simply
answer questions, a discussion forum can encourage higher order thinking and analysis.
These steps will help you set up a forum in your course.

How to Create a Forum
1. Begin with the edit mode ON.

2. Under the Control Panel, open Course Tools and click on Discussion Board as shown
below.

3. Click on your course number if you see this screen.

4. Click on Create Forum. A properties screen will appear so that you can set up the
forum. Notice that you have a full tool bar to help you compose. Use the chevron on the
far right to show more or fewer formatting tools.
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5. Type in a name for the forum and instructions for students. The forum below is named
“Audience.” You must include instructions here for students to read when they use the
forum. You can type in your instructions or create them in Word and then paste them
into the Instructions section.

See the Discussion Board Tips handout for more about instructions and managing the
forum.
6. Click “Yes” or “No” to make the Forum available to students. Note: If you choose No, you
will see (This forum is currently unavailable) under the name of the Forum in the list.
Optional: You may also set a time period for the forum to be available.

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7. Select Settings
a. Standard View is the default setting.

b. Click either No grading in Forum or Grade Discussion Forum. If you are
giving a grade, you must enter the number of points. Note: If you choose Grade,
that Forum will be automatically added to the Grade Center. Optional: You can
reset the “needs grading” number and add a rubric.

c. Subscribe allows students to receive emails notifying them of new posts and
replies.

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d. You will see a long list of options under Create and Edit, including allowing
students to edit or delete their own posts. Select those that fit your assignment.

8. Click on the Submit button to create the Forum. You should see a green success
message telling you the Forum was created.
9. Move your cursor to the right of a forum title and a pull-down menu will appear. From
this menu, you can open the forum; edit its properties; or grade, copy, or delete it.

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Create a Link for Students
1. In a content folder, lesson plan, or learning module, create a direct link to the forum for
students.
2. From the action bar, click Tools and then Discussion Board

3. Click Link to Discussion Board Page. In the link information give students direction
on which Discussion Board to choose. (Do not Select A Discussion Board Forum as that
will bypass the directions and send students directly to creating a forum).

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4.
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Click Next.
Type or paste in your instructions (so students can see them).
Click Submit.
Students will recognize a Discussion Board by this icon

View a Discussion Thread
1. Use the tree view (the default setting) to see posts and replies. Simply click on the
name of the post to read it.
2. Check the box for all posts and replies and click Collect to view and/or print them.
3. Plus and minus signs help you expand and collapse threads. Replies are indented below
a thread and begin with RE.

4. When you click on a post, you will see a Reply button under each post.
5. Move your cursor to the right of the Reply button and three other options (Edit, Delete,
and Email Author) appear

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Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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