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Blackboard 8 – Discussion Forums

Discussion Boards can serve as a learning tool that fosters in-depth, academic discussion, an arena in which students work collaboratively or conduct peer analysis, or simply a place where they can virtually communicate with each other. Discussion forums used well can be an effective learning tool that encourages students to engage in higher order thinking activities.

The following links will take you to task based tutorials.

Forum Creation

  • Accessing the Discussion Board (pdf )
  • Adding Forums (pdf) – Enhanced Features
  • Adding, Editing & Removing Threads (pdf)
  • Setting Forum Roles (pdf) – Enhanced Feature
  • Forcing Moderation (pdf) – New
  • Linking to Discussions from Content Areas (pdf)
  • Copying Discussion Forums in a Course (pdf) – Expanded Feature

Forum Management

  • Viewing Forums (pdf)
  • Searching Discussion Boards (pdf) – Expanded Feature
  • Creating Collections (pdf) – Expanded Feature
  • Tagging Posts (pdf) – New
  • Creating Subscriptions (pdf) – New
  • Blocking Discussion Board Users (pdf)
  • Hiding Threads (pdf) – New
  • Locking Posts (pdf) – New
  • Rating Posts (pdf) – New
  • Grading Discussions (pdf) – Enhanced Feature
  • Viewing Forum Statistics (pdf) – New

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This entry was posted on January 3, 2009 by in Blackboard 8, Distance Education, Tutorials and tagged , , .

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