BB4 Blackboard Discussion Board. Instructional Technology Support / IS – SAC 284 [email protected] BB4 – Table of contents. General rules 1 – Uses for a Discussion Board 2 – Create Discussion Board button 3 – Create a Discussion Forum 4 – Create a Discussion Thread
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1 – Uses for a Discussion Board
2 – Create Discussion Board button
3 – Create a Discussion Forum
4 – Create a Discussion Thread
5 – How students respond with a post
6 – Meaningful subject lines?
7 – Grading a Forum
8 – Adding a grade comment
9 – Making threads read-only
10 – Resequencing Forums
11 – Discussion Board suggestions
This course takes only 1.5 hours or less. But you must first complete training course BB2, Introduction to the Grade Center. The graded Discussion Board function works through the Grade Center and you need to know the basics about it to effectively use the version 8 Discussion Board.
> Control Panel > Manage Course Menu
Now scroll down
A Forum can house many “threads”
The Forum sets the rules for all threads in it
Here is how you set the rules
“No” here makes the Forum inaccessible and invisible regardless of any date criteria below. If “Yes” is clicked the date criteria controls access.
□ Display After says when the Forum becomes available
□ Display Until (optional) indicates when the Forum “disappears”
Will you allow students to choose to hide their identity and make an anonymous posting? (Not compatible with a graded form!)
Will you allow students to modify or remove their postings after first making them?
Do you want to have the ability to tag each post with a keyword so you can conveniently retrieve subgroups of posts?
Give student choice of using Reply or Quote. Quote will include the posting being responded to within the body of the new posting. Reply just conveys the new posting.
Can students attach files (text, Word, .pdf, html, mp3, or video) to their posting?
A thread is a new topic in an existing forum. Do you want students to start them, or do instructors and TA’s start them?
You can make it possible for students to “subscribe” to Forums or Threads. They choose if they want to subscribe, and if they want an e-mailed link or the content itself.
If you check this box, students are provided a way to rate each post on a scale of 1 to 5 “stars” similar to Amazon’s reader’s review ratings.
If checked, all posts go into a queue from which you (the (instructor) must release or reject them. If not checked, student posts appear without your involvement.
Click Grade Forum and enter maximum points possible. This will give you a “grading” function that collects each student’s posts for easy assessment of their participation.
Click Submit to create the Forum
New Forum is added at bottom. Use dropdown numbers to change order.
Click the Grade button for the forum you want to grade
The list here will show all discussion boards in the course. Only one discussion board will list here unless you create groups and let each group have its own discussion board.