Many courses require students to participate in weekly discussion boards. When someone responds to an existing post, students have no way of knowing that someone replied to their post unless they manually log into blackboard, select the course, then select the discussion board tab, then scroll through the discussions, and click on their original post. This is very time consuming. If this feature were created, it would allow students to actively discuss content. This would also increase engagement. Currently, after taking more than 20 online courses, I have never received a response from a student who's post I replied to. I believe this is due to the fact that there is no notification feature. Adding the said feature will create a user friendly environment. This could possibly result in relationship building between students and positive class participation grades.
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