Issue Date: 05-26-2017
The discussion board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. Depending on how you set up your course, you access the discussion board from either the course menu or a course area, such as a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder. The main Discussion Board page displays a list of available discussion forums. A forum is an area where users discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, users can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and any replies to it.
When creating a forum, instructors have the option of allowing or not allowing students to 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 students to share opinions and thoughts on course topics. Course groups can have their own discussion boards that members create 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, students can access it from the groups link in the course menu or in the My Groups area.
Here are some tips for promoting interactive discussions in your courses:
Suggest multimedia postings. Students can use other approaches beyond text. This may include audio or video recording, PowerPoint, avatar, or any other media they can come up with.
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