Module - Discussion Boards

Discussion Boards

Blackboard discussion boards are an asynchronous communication tool used to post questions and answers about course work. Discussions allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material and to interact with their peers. Discussion boards are like an electronic bulletin board made up of forums (topics) and threads (individual responses posted). Participants don't need to be in the same location or time zone, and you can take the time to consider your responses carefully.

Discussion Board Tour


Viewing a forum

A forum can be viewed in Tree View or List View. And can be changed at the top right side of the page.
  • List View presents the list of posts in the forum, called Threads, in a tabular format. The Threads can be sorted by clicking the caret (▲) at the top of each column.
  • Tree View presents the first post, or Thread, and all related responses. The initial Thread and related posts can be expanded and collapsed by using the plus (+) and minus (-) icon next to each message.


Creating a new thread

To create a new Thread, click Create Thread:
  1. Type your subject. The text entered here will appear as a link in the forum.
  2. Type your message.
  3. Attach a file if desired and if the attachment setting has been turned on.
  4. Click submit.
Note: Inactivity Timer - Blackboard has a 30 minute activity timer and typing is not a recognized activity in Blackboard system. If the page resets before you submit, you may lose the body of your post. It is recommended that you type your post in a word processor, then copy and paste to the discussion board.

Replying to a Thread and Post

To reply to a post:
  1. Click on the post you want to reply to
  2. It will open in the lower part of the page, Click reply
  3. Type in a subject or leave unchanged (Note: - Click the "Show More" button if you cannot see all of the tools in the Toolbar Area)
  4. The quoted text appears in the message area with a line to the left
  5. Enter your reply in the message area beneath the quoted text, you can included attachments if allowed here
  6. Click submit

Discussion Board Tips:

  • Be respectful to others points of view
  • Use proper grammar and spelling
  • Avoid using all caps
  • Avoid using short cuts
  • Provide thoughtful responses
  • If the response is more than a paragraph type it into a word processor then copy/paste so you do not lose it in case of time out or power shortage.