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Creating Blackboard Discussion Board Forums

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Discussion Boards allow instructors to have asynchronous conversations in a Blackboard course.  Within Discussion Boards, students can engage with Forums posted by the instructor and reply to other students.

A Forum is a question or prompt presented to students, while a Thread is an individual contribution, or response, to the Forum. A Forum holds all the related Threads (or posts) of a given topic.

  1. Click the (+) symbol from the course menu, then select Tool Link.
    Screenshot of Click the (+) symbol from the course menu, then select Tool Link.
  2. In the Name field enter Discussion Board.
  3. In the Type field, select Discussion Board.
  4. Enable the option to make the tool Available to Users.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. Click the Discussion Board link you just created.
    Screenshot of Click the Discussion Board link you just created.
  7. On the right, click Create Forum.
    Screenshot of click Create Forum.
  8. Enter a name and an optional description.
    Screenshot of Enter a name and an optional description.
  9. In the Forum Availability section, set the availability and date restrictions as desired.
  10. In the Forum Settings section, select your preferred options.
  11. Click Submit.

For additional information, view the Forums article.

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This article was created and is maintained by the Office of Academic Technology.

If you have found an error in this article, or if you need assistance incorporating this article into your course, please contact the Faculty Instructional Support Specialist.

Updated on April 15, 2021

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