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Discussion Tools

The Discussion Board is one of the most valuable components in an online course. Online discussions ensure that all students are engaged and actively participating. They give students time to craft their best response rather than the first that comes to mind. The textbook, notes, or other resources can also be drawn upon to provide a better-reasoned and well-supported contribution.

Online discussions will be initiated by a topic, comment or question posted by the instructor. Typically, students are required to respond with posted comments to the instructor's post and to those of other students.

The Blackboard On Demand Learning Center contains valuable information for students on a wide variety of subjects, including the Discussion Board.  Click Here to visit the Blackboard site.  You can also link directly to the Blackboard Tutorials for Discussion Boards below:

Creating a Discussion Board Post

Creating a New Discussion Board Thread

Replying to a Discussion Board Thread

Organizing Discussion Board Posts

Viewing Discussion Board Grades