My university is on the semester system. Therefore we can have 18 or more forums per course because we use the discussion board tool in several ways.
- Student/faculty introductions
- Course FAQs
- Water Cooler
- Weekly discussion topics (we have 16-18 week semesters)
- Topic Questions (organized by topic/week)
- Student file share (since there is no other tool)
Since students can navigate to the full discussion board of 18-25 forums via the breadcrumbs, we have no way to guide students to the correct discussion forum even if we put a link in the content area. This can create confusion for the students (and sometimes the faculty). Currently there is no way to categorize the forums and no any way to organize threads within a forum. Blackboard Vista (Web CT) had the ability to create multiple discussion boards per course. We need that feature in Blackboard Learn.
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