Participating in the forums counts as a significant part of your grade.Typically, for each required forum, you must submit two posting, either as replies or new messages (or "threads"). Grading requirements for forum participation are found under the Course Info link in Sakai. (See Sakai's short course for a full description of the course links.)
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, subject/title and message text. Others may read your message by clicking on it and, if desired, post a follow-up reply.
To create a new "train of thought," click Post New Thread. This creates a "parent" or "starter" posting. To respond to an existing message, click on it to read it, select," type in your message, then hit the Post Message button.
When you click one of the forum links, in this case "Unit 2. Genetic Testing," you see the postings there.
There are 3 replies/follow-ups to Debbie's original "parent thread," all indented. In fact, you see follow-ups to follow-ups to follow-ups– i.e. successive "generations" of replies, again all indented. Note that the default subject line for a reply contains "Re:" plus the original title, just as in email messages. You can, however, change the subject line to make thought threads easier to follow, as seen in the green e.g. "False sense of security."
When the tree of parent-child replies becomes "too deep" to follow easily, a good idea is to change the subject line – or create a new thread, especially when a classmate's posting inspires new questions.
|2) "Jumping around" the forum structure
An easy way to navigate the forum page is to click the "crumb trail" at the top of the page (shown above at the red arrow).
3) Adding attachments
In the example below, there happens to be only one posting in Communicating
Over the Miles. Printing at the top level gets you all the postings
However, once you click on a particular posting, you can print singly,
i.e. just that one out.
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