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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

  1. Select Discussion Board from the Course Menu (on the left panel).
  2. Click the Create Forum button.
    Discussion Board Section on Chalk

  3. Enter a Name and Description for the discussion topic.
    Forum Discussion Topic Editor

    Optional Step: Select No to make the forum unavailable OR click the Date button Optional Forum Display-Date Setup to select a future date for the forum to display.
    Optional Forum Display-Date Setup

    Optional Step: It is recommended that you keep the default settings, however if desired, click the Checkbox(es) to update the default forum settings.
    Default Forum Settings Checkboxes

  4. Select Grade Discussion Forum if the forum should be graded and enter Possible Points.
    Grade Discussion Forum Checkboxes
    Note: A new grade column is created into the Grade Center if the forum is graded.

  5. Click the Submit button to create the discussion forum.
    Submit Button

See Also

Chalk - Grade a Discussion Board Forum (Instructors)

Keywords:blackboard, course_environment, threads, discussion_forum, LMS   Doc ID:41738
Owner:LaQuanda J.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2014-07-09 05:49 CDTUpdated:2017-05-22 09:41 CDT
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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