University of Houston-Victoria

eLearning

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 YouTube Channel contains valuable information for students on a wide variety of subjects, including the Discussion Board.  You can link directly to the Blackboard Tutorial for Discussion Boards below:

How to Use Blackboard Discussions