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Staff guide to Blackboard discussion boards

Overview of the process

Discussion boards provide a space for student interaction with tutors and their peers. They can be particularly effective when used to facilitate reflective tasks and peer-supported learning.

discussion board page displays a list of forums. A forum is where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, users can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and all replies to it. You can create forums and threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course.

This staff guide will explain how to:

  • View all discussion boards for a course
  • Create a link to the course discussion board in the course menu
  • Create a link to a course discussion board / forum on a course content page
  • Create / edit settings for a forum in a discussion board
  • Create a discussion board for a group

You may not be required to complete all of these steps on a Blackboard course. Discussion board links and forums may already have been created.

For further guidance on discussion boards (viewing forums, viewing and creating threads, subscribing to forums etc.) please visit our help page for both staff and students- user guide to Blackboard discussion boards.

View all discussion boards for a course

Navigate to the course menu of the relevant Blackboard course.

  1. Click on course tools
  2. Click on discussion board

You will now see a list of all discussion boards on that course (including any group discussion boards).

Click on a discussion board title to access and view further content.

Navigate to the course menu of the relevant Blackboard course.

  1. Click on the the add menu item icon in the top left-hand corner of the course menu
  2. Click on tool link 
  3. Enter the name discussion board
  4. Choose discussion board from the drop-down menu for the type. You can also click on the check box to make available to users, but you may wish to wait to do this until you are sure there is content to share.
  5. Click on submit

 

 

The link to the course discussion board should now appear in the left-hand course menu.  A cross through a box next to the link indicates it is not visible to students.

 

 

Additional steps:

  1. Hover over the link to see a grey arrow appear. Click on the arrow to see a drop-down list of options.
  2. From here you can rename the link, show the link to students or delete the link.

 

Navigate to a course content page.

  1. Click on tools at the top of the page
  2. Click on discussion board in the drop-down menu

Choose to link to the course discussion board, to a particular forum or create a new forum (see further guidance below on creating forums).  You can also choose to make the link visible within certain time restrictions.

Create / edit settings for a forum in a discussion board

Click on the link to a discussion board (this could be from a link in the course menu, from the discussion board list under course tools, under my groups  in the course menu if you are the member of a group discussion board, or from a discussion board link on a course content page).

  1. Click on create forum in the top left-hand corner of the discussion board. You can then name the forum and check through the settings for the forum. If you want to edit an existing forum, from the discussion board view, hover over the title of the existing forum, click on the grey arrow next to the forum title and choose edit.
  2. Enter a name and (optionally) a forum description to be displayed to students. Most settings can be left as their default setting. Do not allow students to delete or edit posts if the discussion board is being used for assessment purposes. Ensure the option for students to subscribe to the forum is selected, and to see full post content in email notifications.
  3. Click submit. You will now see your new forum title listed in the discussion board. Click on the title to access the view of your forum.

*to delete a forum, select the check box next to a forum title, then click on delete

 

 

Create a discussion board for a group

  1. From the left-hand course menu, click on users and groups, then groups. You will see a list of groups that have been set up on that course.
  2. Hover over a group and click on the grey arrow that appears next to the group title
  3. Click on edit group in the drop-down menu
  4. Check that discussion board  has been ticked in the settings options. Alter these settings if not. It is advisable not to let group members create forums.

 

 

If there are no groups or not the group you were looking for, a group may need to be created, please see our help page creating Blackboard groups. If you are not sure if you should be creating groups, please contact the course administrator, or the Learning Enhancement and Support team at help@hyms.ac.uk 

You should now see the group discussion board listed in the list of discussion boards for the course. If you are a member of the group, you and the students in the group should see it listed under my groups from the course menu.   Navigate to the group discussion board and create group forums / set up group forum settings (see the general guidance above).

Further guidance on discussion boards (viewing forums, viewing and creating threads, subscribing to forums etc).

For further guidance on discussion boards (viewing forums, viewing and creating threads, subscribing to forums etc.) please visit our help page for staff and students;  user guide to Blackboard discussion boards.

Updated on 03/15/2019

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