The main Discussion Board page displays a list of available discussion Forums. A Discussion Board can contain one or more Forums. A Forum is an area where a topic or a group of related topics are discussed. For each Forum, the page displays the total number of posts, the number of unread posts, and the total number of participants. A Forum is an area of the discussion board where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, users can create multiple Threads. When your instructor creates a forum, they may or may not let you start Threads. Threads are displayed either in Tree View or List View. To enter a Thread to review related responses, click on the Thread name. If your instructor allows, you can create a new Thread by clicking Create Thread.
Blackboard Discussions: Replies to Me
Keeping up with large Discussion Board forums is easier by giving participants a count and filter to just look at new replies from others to posts made the participant.
Blackboard Discussion Board Locations
- On the course menu, select Discussions.
- On the course menu, select Tools and then Discussion Board.
The main Discussion Board page appears with a list of available discussion forums. On this page, you can perform the following actions:
- Select a forum title to view the messages. Forum titles in bold contain unread posts.
- Select a forum to open the thread of posts.
- Select the number in the Unread Posts column for quick access to a forum's unread messages.
Default Created Discussions
The integration of Blackboard Learn and Ellucian Colleague through the Integrated Learning Platform (ILP) has created a situation where both products are auto-creating discussion boards for each new shell. Muting one of these is recommended.
The extra Discussion Board was created by the Intelligent Learning Platform (ILP). An Intelligent Learning Platform tool is used to make connections between Blackboard and Ellucian Colleague running behind the scenes. Intelligent Learning Platforms have been provisioning and assisting courses since the start of the Summer session.
It is not clear whether this extra Discussion Board will be used going forward, but it is there in courses created for fall so far. The Dashboard itself does not cause any particular problem, but the Forum created within the dashboard can be problematic.
The easy 'temporary solution' or fix is to make that Forum unavailable:
- Click into the Discussion Board
- Next, click the context menu for the Forum and select “Edit”
- You can then select ‘No’ in the “Available” dialogue.
Students will still be able to get to the Discussion Board, but they cannot create Forums. You can also delete the Forum, but we are not 100% sure that the Intelligent Learning Platform won’t recreate it if you do. At this point, we ask that you do not delete anything, as that creates issues with the integration.