I asked this the other day, and now have no IDEA how to find it.
I need to know how to set up a discussion board.
Some general links for starting up and managing discussion boards in a course.
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But stepping back a bit, there are some prerequisites, if you will, that must be met before the discussion board tool will function inside a course. The system administrator can turn on or off the discussion tool at the course level. The settings are: 1) turned off but available for instructors to turn on, 2) turned off and unavailable for instructors to turn on, and 3) turned on. If it is number 3, discussion board will be listed in control panel > Course Tools. Click it and experiment. If your situation is 2, then you have to look in control panel > customization > tool availability > and click discussion board on and click submit.
Now, it must be said that both control panel > course tools and control panel > customization > tool availability can be turned off as well by system administrators. So, if you see nothing I have talked about in the control panel of your course, then contact your administrator and find out what's up.
I think I made a mistake in my numbering. Not good to have to work on Saturdays.
Here is the corrected version:
The settings are: 1) turned off but available for instructors to turn on, 2) turned off and unavailable for instructors to turn on, and 3) turned on. If it is number 3, discussion board will be listed in control panel > Course Tools. Click it and experiment. If your situation is 1 (not 2), then you have to look in control panel > customization > tool availability > and click discussion board on and click submit.
If your situation is number 2, you will not see discussion board in either course tools or tool availability, and you will need to contact your system admin to get it changed.
Hi Gail, and thanks so much for replying. I can click on discussion board from course tools, and I get to a discussion board that I made somehow when I first began teaching in '14. There's absolutely nothing I can see that leads me to, to make a new discussion board. As for the numbers, I have no idea where to look for those.
So, help me Gailbewan, the force is with you! LOL Thanks so much for your help.
@ Lorene Hensley I think you didn't go far enough. Click on your old discussion board from 2014 and then see if you can delete and add forums.
Hi, Gail. I got it. I read Matthew's link. Thanks so much for your help, Gail. Lorene
Hey, Gail, I couldn't find what I was looking for at the instructor site, not sure how to look for what I need LOL I know this can't be hard, I just don't understand how to do it right now! Oh, well...Thanks for your help, Gail. May God Bless
Check out the guide I made for the users at my institution here: How to set up a Blackboard Discussion Board Maybe it helps...
Matthew Deeprose Your link is VERY good!
Glad it was useful to you Gail, I've also written a companion guide for students on how to use the discussion board: Using a Blackboard Discussion Forum
Hi Matthew, it was me, Lorene, not Gail, but I know you're busy Gail already knows how to do it, and was trying to impart the knowledge into my adelpated brain! Lorene
Oops, sorry, thanks for pointing that our Lorene
Just didn't want Gail all said 'cause she couldn't do a discussion board as well as I can. (Cue maniacal Halloween laughter )
How did I miss this? (more maniacal Halloween laughter - in Spring)
Hi Matthew, your explanation was exceptional! I think I began a discussion board--happy dance. And I absolutely love the explanations of the options available for the discussion board. In the few that I accidentally made, I just kind of set the options by what I hoped was correct! I will put the URL in a file on my Bb so when I go to make my next one, I will know for sure how to make one! Happy, happy, joy, joy!! Thanks so much, Lorene
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