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Chalk - Create a Discussion Board Forum (Instructors)
This article explains how to create and incorporate Discussion Boards into a course site.
Why use Discussion Boards?
An online Discussion Board is a great tool to enhance student communication. Discussion Boards are used for class introductions, responses to topics before/after class, debates, role plays, presentations and other social interactions.
Instructors create a topic for discussion, known as a Forum. The Forum enables students to post their reply in a Thread. The Thread encourages interactivity since multiple students can read and respond to peers. The Discussion Board can be graded or non-graded. In a graded forum, a grade may be based on the amount of participation (or the number of posts made by a student) or the depth of the responses in the Discussion Forum.
Create a Discussion Board Forum
- Select Discussion Board from the Course Menu (on the left panel).
- Click the Create Forum button.
- Enter a Name and Description for the discussion topic.
Optional Step: Select No to make the forum unavailable OR click the Date button to select a future date for the forum to display.
Optional Step: It is recommended that you keep the default settings, however if desired, click the Checkbox(es) to update the default forum settings.
- Select Grade Discussion Forum if the forum should be graded and enter Possible Points.
Note: A new grade column is created into the Grade Center if the forum is graded.
- Click the Submit button to create the discussion forum.