Use a Discussion Board

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 for the following tasks:

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

Watch a video on how to use Blackboard Discussions

How to Access the Discussion Board

On the course menu, click Discussions or on the course menu, click Tools and click Discussion Board

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

The Main Discussion Board Page

Click a forum thread title to view the messages. Forum threads in bold contain unread posts

You can view data on the number of posts and participants

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

Course 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 menu or in the My Groups area.