The Discussion Board tool is for online discussions. A Discussion Board will contain one or more Discussion Forums. Within each forum there are 'threads' for each topic of discussion. This guide describes how to read and reply to posts.
Navigate to the relevant Discussion Forum. Your tutor may have provided a link to the whole Discussion Board or a particular forum.
The Discussion Board page has a list of all Forums and looks like this:
Click on a Forum to enter it.
Once in a Forum you should see a page with one or more threads (a conversation on a particular topic). Click on the thread to see all the posts.
If you can't see any existing threads, start your own (see the starting a thread section). If this is not possible, let the tutor know. They may need to change the Discussion Forum settings.
You can reply to any post - the reply option appears by hovering your mouse over the post. If you would like to include a copy of the original post in your response, select Quote instead.
Enter your message. Once finished click Submit.
Alternatively you can save a draft which cannot be seen by students. To do this, write the message as before and, when finished, click Save Draft. When you are ready to publish the post, hover your mouse over it and click the Edit button. Make any changes and then click Submit.
Depending on the Discussion Board settings, students may be allowed to start a thread.
You should start a thread if you have a new topic for conversation. To start a thread, click on the Create Thread button.
The create thread page opens. In the Subject box type the name of the discussion thread that you want to create and enter text in the Message box. Once finished click Submit.
You can select posts in a thread and put them all on one page. To do this, enter the thread and then tick the boxes next to the relevant posts. Click Message Actions and then Collect.
The posts selected will now appear on one page. From here you can print, reply to and sort posts.
You can also use the Collect option at Forum level, this allows you to view messages from multiple threads on one page.
Keep up to date with Discussion Boards at forum level with the ‘Replies to me’ filter. Staff and students can see which threads contain replies that they have not yet read, clicking the icon will open the individual posts.
It's possible to search posts at Forum or Thread level. You'll see the search box towards the top right.
These features may have been enabled:
You may see a subscribe option in a Forum or Thread. Click on this button to receive an email when a new post is made:
You can flag posts of importance (only you will see these flags). To do this, click the flag icon on the post.
If this feature is enabled, you can rate posts through a 5 star system. To rate a post, open it and select the appropriate number of stars. You cannot rate your own posts.
Your tutor may force moderation of posts. This means that your posts will not become available to other students until they have been checked by a designated person.