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Discussion Boards

Working with Discussion Board

Discussion Boards are used for content engagement in an asynchronous format – not all participants are logged in at the same time. The instructor initiates the discussion by creating the topic or Discussion Board forum. Once created, students click the title of the forum to enter the discussion and post threads. Instructors provide the structure for each Discussion Topic, but it’s important to note that not all instructors participate in the Discussion Board at all times.

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Posting a Comment to a Forum

To post a comment to a forum, follow these steps:

  1. Left click on the “Discussion” button on the Course Content Menu. NOTE: Your instructor may have labeled the button differently.
  2. Click on the Forum to which you need to make a post.
  3. Click on “Create Thread”.
  4. Enter the subject and comments in the space provided. Add attachments.
  5. Click “Save as Draft” (instructor can NOT see your post) or “Submit” (instructor CAN see your post).

Reading other students postings and Reply to their threads

To post a comment to a forum, follow these simple steps:

  1. Left click on the “Discussion” button on the Course Content Menu. NOTE: Your instructor may have labeled the button differently.
  2. Click on the Forum Title to view all the posting’s under the forum.
  3. Click on the “Collect” button to see whole post of each thread OR click on the Thread title to view the posting.
  4. Click on the Reply button to post a message.
  5. Click on the person’s name to send a private Email message.

Subscribing to a Thread

Subscribing to a thread is useful, in that you receive an email stating the contents of the thread if any postings are added. This way you can view updates or information regarding the topic.

To subscribe to a Thread:

  1. Click on the Thread title
  2. Click the “Subscribe” button at tech top of the Thread Detail page
  3. Continue with viewing the Thread.