Discussion Board

Learn has the capability to host Discussion Boards for your course. The basics are outlined below. If you require more assistance, please contact Grant Potter at the CTLT.

Discussion boards are a great place to build a sense of community among students which is crucial for a successful online learning experience. Some uses include:

  • An online meeting place for social interaction among peers
  • An additional medium for collaboration and the exchange of ideas
  • A medium to pose and answer questions about homework assignments, readings and course content
  • A way to demonstrate the understanding or application of course material
  • A record of discussion which can be reviewed at a later point
  • A graded activity that demonstrates understanding or application of course material
  • A group tool for collaboration between smaller groups of students within the larger course

Once you have determined your precise needs, you can create Forums and Threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course.

Accessing the Discussion Board

The Discussion Board can be accessed either from the Tools (A) link on the Course Menu orĀ  from the Control Panel (B).

Understanding Discussion Forums and Threads

The main Discussion Board page displays a list of forums. A Forum is an area where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed. Within each forum, there can be multiple threads. A Thread includes the initial post and any replies to it.

Using the List View and Tree View in Discussions

After you click a forum title, a page loads displaying all forum threads. You can view the page in either List View or Thread View. This choice remains in effect until you change it and you may change it at any time. On the Forum page, in the upper-right corner, toggle between the two views (see below).

List View

Click List View to present the threads in a Table format. Threads containing any unread posts appear in bold type.

A. From the Action Bar, you can create threads, collect, or delete posts.

B. To sort a Column, click the column heading. For example to sort by Date, click the Date heading.

C. Select the check box next to a thread and make a selection from the Thread Actions drop-down list. You can select multiple threads or select the check box in the header to select all threads. The actions include:

  • Marking threads as read or unread.
  • Setting or clearing flags. Flags mark threads for later attention.
  • Editing the status of the selected threads.
  • Subscribing or unsubscribing to email alerts to threads.

Tree View

Click Tree View to show the thread starter messages and their replies. From the Action Bar, you can create threads, collect, or delete posts.

You can expand and collapse threads by using the Plus and Minus icons next to the titles. If a thread starter message contains unread posts, the thread starter appears in bold type. On the Action Bar, use the Collapse All and Expand All functions to hide or see all posts included in all threads. Select the check box next to a thread and make a selection from the Message Actions drop-down list on the Action Bar. You can select multiple threads or select the check box in the header to select all threads. Actions include:

  • Marking threads as read or unread
  • Setting and clearing flags. Flags mark threads for later attention.