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Creating Threads in the Discussion Board

In a discussion board Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> forum <end definition>., you can start new threads to begin a conversation. A thread includes the initial post and all replies to it. When you create a forum, you can allow or not allow members to start threads. Generally, the purpose of the forum dictates whether or not members can start threads. A moderated, graded forum used to evaluate student performance is usually tightly controlled, and members cannot create threads. Other forums are designed for members to share opinions and thoughts on tangential or unrelated topics. In this case, you might allow members to create threads and spark discussions.

You can change the status of existing threads and determine which threads appear in a forum to help organize your view.

Note:  Creating a thread as an instructor is the same as creating a thread as a student. If grading is enabled, you can also set the thread to be graded.

Example:  

You create a forum that addresses a broad subject, such as "Addicted to Oil." Next, you create two threads containing the specific issues to be discussed, such as replacing oil usage with nuclear power, and the pros and cons of conservation. To ensure students post only to existing threads, consider disallowing thread creation in the forum settings.

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Example:  

You create a forum and ask a question or provide the instructions or details in the description, such as "How can we reduce our reliance on oil?" Then, students create threads for each solution to the problem of oil addiction. All members post to existing threads to comment on given answers or create new threads to present new solutions. In the forum settings, ensure you select the Allow Members to Create New Threads option.

Note:  If you enabled thread grading, members cannot create new threads.

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Related Tutorials    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 )

Next Steps

To learn more about the discussion board, see these topics:

Creating Group Discussions

Participating in the Discussion Board

Managing Discussions

Grading Discussion Board Participation

Viewing Discussion Board Statistics