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About the Discussion Board

Building a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. With the discussion board tool, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. Discussions can serve a range of purposes, such as:

After you determine what you need, you can create forums <end definition>. and Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> threads <end definition>. to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course.

The discussion board tool allows for Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> asynchronous <end definition>. interactions occurring over extended periods of time. This allows for more flexibility, as well as reflective communication.

Asynchronous communication offers convenience and flexibility to all participants. Some benefits include:

For smaller course groups, you can also offer the group discussion board tool, available only to the members of the group. To learn more, see How to Enable the Group Discussion Board Tool.

Note:  Your school controls whether this tool is available. If this tool is not available, you can contact your school to discuss its status.

Related Tutorials    Creating a Discussion Board Forum video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 4m 21s ) |  Grading a Discussion Board Forum video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 39s ) |  Creating a Discussion Board Thread video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 4s ) |  Replying to a Discussion Board Thread video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 3s ) |  Searching the Discussion Board and Collecting Posts video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 15s ) |  Tagging Discussion Board Posts video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 42s ) |  Rating Discussion Board Threads video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 15s ) |  Managing Discussion Board Roles video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 3m 10s ) |  Changing Discussion Board Forum Settings video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 1m 51s ) |  Moderating Discussion Board Forums video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 25s )

Next Steps

To learn about the functions you can perform in the discussion board, see these topics:

Creating Forums in the Discussion Board

Creating Threads in the Discussion Board

Creating Group Discussions

Participating in the Discussion Board

Managing Discussions

Grading Discussion Board Participation

Viewing Discussion Board Statistics