Blackboard Learn: Using Discussion Boards

Discussion Board within a Blackboard course allow Teachers and Students to interact and discuss multiple topics simultaneously.

Accessing Discussion Boards

A discussion board may be located on the course menu or within a menu item.

On opening the board, all Forums, or discussion topics, are listed. Click on the Forum you wish to open.

A list of Forums in the Discussion Boards

The number of unread posts will display in red, as will the number of replies to your post.

List of forums highlighting unread messages

Replying to posts

When you wish to reply to a post, click Reply to open the message editor.

Highlighting the Reply button in a post

Type your message – the subject can remain linked to the forum topic. Click Submit to post.

Screen Shot of Discussion Board Thread replay editor

Posts will appear in sequence of replies.

The message sequence in a discussion

Editing a post

Use the Edit and Delete buttons to edit posts and replies if you are not happy with them and wish to make amendments.

The Edit and Delete Buttons in message editor

Important information!

This is an optional function and so this ability may be turned off by the Module Convenor.

Creating a new thread

You may wish to open a new topic for discussion within a Forum.

Click Create Thread

Highlighting the Crete Thread button in a Forum area

Type the subject of the new thread, add any message or description and click Submit.

Screen Shot of discussion Board new thread

A green success message will appear once the thread is posted. The thread will appear above the previous one.

The new thread in the forum area. The green success message is at the top of the page.

Use the Subscribe button to receive email updates when people post in your thread.

Highlighting the Subscribe button within a forum area

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