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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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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Keywords:blackboard "course environment" threads "discussion forum" LMS   Doc ID:41738
Owner:LaQuanda J.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2014-07-09 04:49 CSTUpdated:2015-09-15 10:58 CST
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