Discussion Board Forums and Threads

Creating a Discussion Forum 
A Discussion Board forum is an area where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed. Within each forum, users can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and any replies to it. You can create forums and threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course.

Managing Forums: Editing, Copying, Reordering, and Deleting
You can perform tasks to manage both the Discussion Board itself and the content within forums and threads. For example, to keep students focused as the term progresses, edit forum settings or organize forums and threads to attract attention once again. You can also copy forums to other locations, edit content, and delete unneeded forums or threads.

Creating Discussion Board Threads 
Once in a Discussion Board forum, you can start new threads to begin a conversation. A thread includes the initial post and any replies to it. When creating a forum, you have the option of allowing or not allowing members to start threads. Generally, the purpose of the forum dictates whether or not members can start threads.

Tagging Threads 
Tags are text labels that act like bookmarks. You can tag posts to group similar messages together. For example, if the subject of scientific notation is discussed often, tag each of the posts on this topic. Students can read, filter, and search messages using these tags, but they cannot create tags.

Changing the Status of a Thread
Learn how to show/hide a post to/from students.

Deleting Threads
Delete selected posts from the Forum. Deleted posts cannot be restored. Change the status to unavailable or hidden to prevent users form seeing posts without actually deleting the Threads

Moderating Posts 
Displays the Moderation Queue page where Discussion Board Managers and Moderators can publish submitted posts or send them back to their authors.

Allowing Email Subscriptions in Discussion Forums
Displays the user’s subscription status for each Thread. Available only if subscriptions are enabled. When subscribed to a Thread, the user receives an email alert when a post is updated or a user posts a reply. This only appears if thread subscription is enabled. Click again to stop receiving email alerts.

Assigning Discussion Forum Roles
In a forum, each user has a forum role and can have only one role per forum. By default, instructors have the role of Manager and students have the role of Participant. When you are logged in as an instructor, you cannot change your own forum role. You can assign forum roles to limit access to a forum or to help with forum administration.

Assigning Grades for Discussion Board 
You can assign discussion grades to evaluate participants on performance throughout a forum. When a forum is created or edited, you can enable forum grading options and a Grade Center column is created automatically.

Assigning Grades for Discussion Threads 
You can assign discussion grades to evaluate participants on performance in each thread. When a forum is created or edited, you can enable thread grading options and a Grade Center column is created automatically.