Discussion Board Overview

The Discussion Board tool in Blackboard is an ideal way for students to share their ideas about course concepts and materials. This collaborative tool is an online equivalent to an in-person class discussion. Discussion boards are a great way for students to collaborate on group assignments, ask questions regarding course content, and show understanding of the course material. 

Participants do not have to be in the same place at the same time, yet discussion board activities allow a guided, flowing conversation (asynchronous interaction).

Students are able to view each other’s posts, reply to each other’s posts, and (if allowed) to create new threads. A “thread” refers to the original post in a forum and any replies to it. Multiple threads can be created within each forum.

 Why use it?

Keep in mind:

  • Administering a discussion board effectively requires a fair amount of planning. Here are some great tips to consider. 
  • Never try to sort your forums by forum name. If you do, you will be unable to revert back to manual sorting and each of your forums will be listed alphabetically permanently. Read more

Best Practices



Known Issues

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