Participating in the forums counts a significant part of your grade. Typically, for eachrequired forum, you must submit two new messages/replies. Grading requirements for forum participation are found under the Course Information button in Blackboard.
Discussion boards, sometimes called threaded discussion forums, allow students and instructors to share ideas using the Web's hypertext capabilities, i.e. its "hyperlinks." Discussion boards organize messages by subject. Thus, all messages on one topic are grouped together, allowing users to follow connected threads of thought. Boards allow you to read other student responses, post your own threads, or reply to other student messages.
To create a thread, you post or submit a message, which includes
your name, e-mail address, subject/title and message text. Others may read
your message by clicking on it and, if desired, post a follow-up reply.
There are many management functions provided in the latest version of Blackboard. Many, quite frankly, are not particularly useful for everyday use. For this reason, we highlight below only those most relevant for typical use.
Clicking the Discussion Board button takes you into the list of forums created for the course. As below, the first forum on the list is the link Unit 2. Genetic Testing, where you see 1 "Unread Posts."
There are two ways to read these postings. You can click the link for
1) the number of unread postings or 2) the named forum itself.
1) Reading just the "Unread Posts"
However, there is one drawback: You don't always see the parent messages,
so you may not have the original context for new posting. The sure way
to see the parent, if needed, is to click the subject-line link (green
arrow). This inserts the parent message, as seen below. Alternatively,
you can also show/hide the parent by clicking the button (if present in
your current display).
good idea to give context for your readers is to copy-paste
a "snippet" from the message to which you are responding. Below,
you see that the responder is specifically referring to " … hearing from
Deaf and CODAs …"
2) Reading using the "full" Forum View
Combining "flagging" and "collecting" allow you to designate "keeper" messages. Both involve selecting a desired posting by clicking the checkbox beside it.
As you read messages and come upon one you want to save for later attention,
click its checkbox. Once you finish reading the current messages and have
checked the ones you want, click the "Flag" icon (green
arrow). The flaggings will be saved, appearing there the next time
you log on to access that forum.
When you are ready to print out all flagged messages, click the checkboxes for those flagged ones. Then, click the "Collect" icon (red arrow). In the above example, three postings, flagged in an earlier session, have been checked for collecting.
When you click "Collect," Blackboard displays the selected messages
in one long list, as below, ready to print. Note that you can choose
some sorting/ordering options before printing.
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