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Discussion Board

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Note: Your instructor/leader controls which tools are available.

The discussion board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. Course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. An advantage of using the discussion board is its asynchronous nature. Participants do not need to be in the same location or time zone, and can take time to consider their responses carefully.

You can use the discussion board to:

  • Meet with your peers for collaboration and social interaction.
  • Pose questions about homework assignments, readings, and course content.
  • Demonstrate your understanding or application of course material.

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Access the Discussion Board

1. On the course/organization menu, click Discussions (if the instructor/leader has created a button with this name.)

    -OR-

    Click Tools and/or Communications and then click Discussion Board.

2. The main Discussion Board page appears with a list of available discussion forums. A forum is an area where users discuss a topic or a group of related topics.

Note: An instructor/leader must create the forum and then students/participants can go to the forum and create threads.

The Main Discussion Board Page

A. Click a forum title to view the messages. Forum titles in bold contain unread posts.

B. View data on the number of posts and participants.

C. Click the number in the Unread Posts column for one-click access to a forum’s unread messages.

Course/Organization groups can have their own discussion boards. Group discussion boards are available only to users who are members of the group. If a group discussion board is available, access it from the groups link on the course/organization menu or in the My Groups area.