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. Use 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.
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.
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.
Allowing Email Subscriptions in Discussion Forums
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.
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.
Deleted posts cannot be restored. Change the status to unavailable or hidden to prevent users form seeing posts without actually deleting the Threads
Displays the Moderation Queue page where Discussion Board Managers and Moderators can publish submitted posts or send them back to their authors.
Assigning Discussion Forum Roles
In a forum, each user has a forum role and can have only one role per forum. You can assign forum roles to limit access to a forum or to help with forum administration.
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