What are discussion boards?

Discussion boards are a collaborative space where your lecturer can start discussion threads and you can reply with your thoughts and comments.  

Discussion boards are asynchronous, which means you can think about your response and post your reply in your own time.  

 

To respond to a thread:

To respond to a thread (or read comments that other students have written), first navigate to the discussion board by clicking on the remote learning link in your Blackboard site menu. 

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

Click on the name of the thread you would like to respond to. 

 A new page will open with the starter thread posted by your lecturer, as well as any previous comments posted by other students. 

You can reply to either the main thread started by your lecturer, or a comment posted by another student. 

To reply to the main thread posted by your lecturer, click on the blue ‘Reply’ button just underneath the starter thread. When you submit your comment, it will appear underneath any other comments that have been posted.  

To reply to a comment posted by another student, hover over their comment and then click on the grey ‘Reply’ button that appears. When you submit your comment, it will appear underneath any other direct replies to their comment. 

When you click the reply button, a rich text editor will appear where you can enter your message. You can change the subject of your reply, and include things like images and links, and attach files if needed.  

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

 

Further guidance:

You can find further guidance on how to use a Blackboard discussion board by clicking here.