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Create a Discussion Board

1. Introduction

A Discussion Board can contain a number of forums, each based on a broad topic area. Within a forum, users can start a thread that other users can reply to. Each forum can have numerous threads and each thread may have many replies.

Students can access the Discussion Board using a link provided by the instructor, in either the navigation menu or a content area.

2. Create a Discussion Board

a. Turn Edit Mode ON

Edit Mode

b. In a Content Area, hover your mouse over Tools and click Discussion Board.
Tools menu

c. If you've created a Discussion Board elsewhere in the module, there's an option to link to it. If not, click Create New Forum. Then click Next.

Create Forum button

d. Give the Forum a Name and a brief Description.

Forum information section 

e. Set Forum Availability to Yes if you want students to see it, and enter any Date and Time Restrictions.

Forum availability section

f. Use the radio buttons in the Forum Settings section to select options for your discussion board. 

  • Viewing Threads/Replies: Allows you to decide how learners view threads within your discussion board.
  • Grade: Allows you to enable grading within your discussion board.
  • Subscribe: Allows you to switch on subscription options within your discussion board.
  • Create and Edit: Allows you to decide how learners can create posts within your discussion board. Note, if you choose to allow anonymous posts, it is not possible to know who has posted anonymously, even for investigatory purposes.
  • Additional Options: Allows you to switch on other options for your discussion board.
g. Click Submit.

h. Select a Discussion Board Forum (the one you just created) from the list and click Next
 Select board

i. Check that you're happy with the settings, and click Submit.

 Submit button


3. Create a Thread

Threads are a way of categorising specific topics in a Discussion Board. E.g. your forum might be called 'Animals', and you may have threads called 'Mammals', 'Birds', 'Fish' etc. If you start a thread, students will post responses. Or you can give them the ability to create their own threads. 
a. Open a Discussion Board.

b. Click Create Thread
 Discussion boards image 7
c. Enter a Subject and Message.

d. You can Grade Thread if you're assessing students on their contributions.

e. Click Submit.

4. Reply to a Post

a. Click a Thread name in a forum to open the thread.
b. Click Reply

c. Type a message.
d. Click Submit.

5. Subscribe to a thread

a. In a module, find and click the Discussion Board name.
b. Tick the box next to the Thread you want to subscribe to. 
c. Click Subscribe. Repeat steps a-c to subscribe to additional threads.
d. You'll see a notification (below) and will receive notifications in MyBeckett's Notifications menu whenever students reply to a thread.


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