Discussion Boards

Discussion Boards


Hey everyone. Today I am going to talk a little bit about discussion boards. So let’s get started. In some of your classes you
might be asked to participate in a discussion board. These are public forums that can be read by everyone in the course and are meant to provoke and
encourage an ongoing discussion.Now they can also be used to introduce yourself
at the beginning of a class to your other classmates or it can also be used
just to ask your instructor a question. Now when you are on the discussion board page the first thing you’ll need to do is find the create a thread button. It is
located underneath the forum name. Once you have located it just click on it. On
the Create Thread page you will see the Forum Description. This will outline what
the instructor is looking for in the Discussion Board. make sure that you read this information before you post. Many times this will detail what points you
need to cover in your Discussion Board post, if the discussion forum is being
graded and if it is being graded how it is being graded so make sure to read
this section. After you’ve read the description you will need to enter in a
subject for your post. The subject should be a concise description of what you are
talking about in your post. Once you’ve done that you will enter in the body of
your post inside the message area. Now once you have finished your post and are
satisfied with it you’ll need to click Submit. You’ll then see your post on the
discussion board forum page. Now many instructors will also want you to reply
to a post in a discussion forum by another student. If this is the case you
will need to first select a post to reply to. Once you’ve done that you’ll
see that at the end of the post you have two separate buttons: reply and quote. If
you wish to quote directly from a post just select quote. This will insert the
previous post inside of your reply. You can then enter in your response directly
underneath the original post. If you do not wish to reply to the entire post then
you can just click reply. You will see that Blackboard has auto-generated a
subject for you so all you’ll need to do is fill in the body of the message. Now a
few quick notes when you are posting to a discussion forum. Remember to always
practice good netiquette. Write in full sentences and paragraphs and not just in
bullet points. Make sure that you don’t write out your post in text speak. Use proper grammar and punctuation and make sure the post is going to be
something that’s going to further the conversation along. Also we recommend
that you first write your post out in a word processing program such as Word
before you post it into Blackboard. That way if you lose your Wi-Fi connection at
any point you won’t lose your entire post. But also we do not recommend that
you upload a doc file into a discussion forum but rather that you copy and paste
the material from Word into Blackboard. Now it is important to point out that
discussion boards are public forum. Everyone in the class can see them so if
you have a private matter that you need to discuss with a fellow student or an
instructor please use the course messages tool for that not the
discussion board. That way you decide who can see the message and it isn’t
available to everyone in the course. Now if any time you have any questions
pertaining to a specific discussion board inside of a class please ask your
instructor as soon as the questions may arise. And if you have any questions
about Blackboard please contact us in the NPC Online offices and we will assist you in whatever ways we can. Well thank you very much for
watching today we hope that you found this video informative. We’ll see you
next time.

Danny Hutson

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *