A “Forum” is an overall category that contains one or more “Threads” or sub-topics.

Step 1: Go to a content area in which the discussion board or forum should be linked in

Step 2: Click on the “Tools” button

Step 3: Select “Discussion Board”

Tools Button and Selecting Discussion Board

Step 4: Select either “Link to Discussion Board Page” OR “Select a Discussion Board Forum” and choose the specific forum to link to

link to the discussion board page

Select a discussion board forum

Step 5: Click on the “Next” button Next button

Step 6: Add a description for the link (not the discussion itself) if needed

(i.e. “This is the link to the Discussion Board” or “This is the link to the Discussion Forum for this module. Click on the “Create Thread” button once in the forum to find the specific questions and directions.”)

Step 7: Click on the “Submit” Graphic of submit button button

Step 1: Click on the “+” button in the top left hand side of the screen Graphic of the plus button

Step 2: Select “Tool Link”

Step 3: Give the tool a name

Step 4: Click on the drop down menu and select “Discussion Board”

Step 5: Check the “Available to Users” box  Graphic of check for available to users

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button

Helpful hint: When looking at the “Discussion Board” page, you  can see the number of of posts within the forum (Total Posts), the number of posts you haven’t read (Unread Posts), and the total number of people of participating in the forum (Total Participants).

Graphic showing totals for discussions including "Total Posts", "Unread Posts", and "Total Participants"

Step 1: Go into a forum

Step 2: Click on the title of the thread requiring a response OR click on the blue circle with the number of Unread Posts graphic showing total of unread posts

Step 3: Click on the “Reply” button

Step 4: Type the message

Step 5: Click on the “Submit” button

Step 1: Go to Discussion Board

Step 2: Go to Discussion Forum

Step 3: Click on the “Create Thread” button

Create Thread Button

Step 4: Enter Subject

Step 5: Enter Message

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button

Blackboard Quick Start Orientation for Faculty

This orientation briefly covers logging in, course to course navigation, navigation within your course, some tool overviews, and a couple how to’s within Blackboard Learn. This is an overview that will get you started in Blackboard, but not necessarily build expertise yet. We encourage you to view other tutorials on this site, as well as make use of the following resources available:

The 7 Training Courses you have already been enrolled in within Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Training Courses

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