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Discussion Board

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The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. The main Discussion Board page displays a list of available discussion Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> forums <end definition>. that may appear anywhere in the course. A forum is an area where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed. A Discussion Board can contain one or more forums. For each forum, displays the total number of posts, the number of unread posts, and the number of users who have participated in the forum.

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Item corresponding to the image above  Forum title: Click the forum title to view the messages. Forums containing unread posts appear in bold.

Item corresponding to the image above  Total Posts / Total Participants: View data on the number of posts and participants.

Item corresponding to the image above  Unread Posts: The Unread Posts column provides one-click access to the forum’s unread messages.

Within each forum, users can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and any replies to it. When creating a forum, your instructor has the option of allowing or not allowing you to start threads. Generally, the purpose of the forum will dictate whether or not you can start threads. A moderated, graded forum used to evaluate student performance will be tightly controlled, and you cannot create threads. Other forums are designed for users to share opinions and thoughts on tangential or unrelated topics.

Course groups can have their own Discussion Boards that can be created using the Groups tool. Group Discussion Boards are available only to users who are members of the group. If a group Discussion Board is available, access it from the groups link in the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> Course Menu <end definition>. or in the My Groups area.

Note:  When moving through the different parts of the Discussion Board, use the internal navigation, such as the Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition> breadcrumbs <end definition>., Course Menu, and other page links to return to a previous page. Using the browser navigation controls can result in page load errors.

Related Tutorials    Creating a New Discussion Board Thread video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 1m 52s | 4,750 KB) |  Replying to a Discussion Board Thread video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 1m 59s | 5,083 KB) |  Creating a Discussion Board Post video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 40s | 5,135 KB) |  Organizing Discussion Board Posts video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 27s | 4,624 KB) |  Viewing Discussion Board Grades video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 1m 38s | 3,181 KB)