Create a Forum in Blackboard:

  1. To link to the Discussion Board tool, click the + icon in the top right.  Select Tool Link, Discussion Board.  Give it a title, and select make available to users.
  2. Click the Discussion Board link you just created in the navigation menu.
  3. Click the Create Forum button.
  4. Give the forum a name and a description.
  5. Set Availability to Yes.
  6. Do not enter Date or Time Restrictions.  These are optional.

Viewing Threads/Replies:

  1. Standard View: This allows the student to see the forum without any restrictions.  They can read and post.
  2. Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum: Students will not see other threads until they create their own thread.  This can encourage better participation from the students.  * Note: Automatically disables Allow Anonymous Post and Allow Author to Delete Own Posts.

Other Forum Settings:

  1. Grade: Select Grade Discussion Forum: Points possible: Input the number of points possible.  You also have the option to attach a Rubric.
  2. Create and Edit: It is recommended to not select Allow Author to Delete Own Posts or Allow Author to Edit Own Published Posts.  If a student edits their post, this will change the published date and may interfere with deadlines.
  3. Additional Options: Allow Members to Rate Posts.  This allows students to submit 5 star ratings for other students post.
  4. Submit at the bottom.