Discussion Boards

What is it?

Discussion boards are a collaborative space where both you and your students can post messages and share ideas. You may have used discussion boards on your Blackboard course before, however whilst it’s difficult to get to campus we have created a remote learning forum for you which you can use for any online discussions you want to have in place of your normal lecture or seminar hours. 


What can I use it for? 

Different to an online lecture, discussion boards are asynchronous, with everyone responding in their own time. This gives students more time to think before they post ideas, so you may see more thoughtful responses. 

You might choose to use a discussion board if you’re not really sure where to get started with remote learning but still want to interact with your students. If you're looking for inspiration on where to get started, you might also want to take a look at our use case ideas - you’ll find these at the bottom of the page.  

You can also use discussion boards to supplement other remote learning – for example after you’ve hosted a Collaborate session you might like to set students some work and ask them to respond in a discussion board. 

Set Up Time: 5 – 30 minutes, depending on confidence levels 

Delivery Time: None – students can access on demand 

Difficulty: 1/5 


How to Start a Thread

To start a thread, first navigate to the discussion board by clicking on the remote learning link in your Blackboard site menu. 

Remote Learning link in Blackboard course menu

Click on the name of discussion board in the ‘Remote Learning’ learning strip: 

screenshot of discussion board from remote learning strip

Click create thread. 

Create Thread button on discussion board

A new page will open with Blackboard’s rich text editor, where you can add a title to your thread and write a message. As usual, you can include links, images and add attachments if needed.  

Once you’re happy with your message, click submit.

screenshot of discussion board with submit button highlighted


Use Case Ideas:

Planning teaching which is delivered online can seem challenging, especially if you’re more familiar with delivering content face-to-face, so we’ve provided a range of ideas that make use of discussion boards and can be tailored to different subject areas: 

  • Post a link to an online article and ask students to write a 500-word response summarising the points they found the most interesting. 
  • Split your students into two groups and ask them to debate for and against a topic. One group of students will argue for the topic and one against.  
  • Ask students to post at least two questions about topics they are unsure about, and encourage other students to go in and either answer the questions or post links to helpful resources.