Use forums to organise your discussion board into main topic areas i.e. A forum for assignment questions and a forum for tutorial reading responses.

Marking Options

Activity type Set up Marking set up

Overall mark for contributions to discussions (i.e. for the semester).

Create a forum.

Use threads to divide the discussion into sub topics if needed.

Decide if you will select to allow students to create threads (when you create the forum).

Select Grade Discussion Forum when creating the forum.

A column is automatically created in the Grade Centre for the forum mark.

Individual marks for different discussion / responses (i.e. a mark per week)

Create a forum.

Create a separate thread for each item you wish to mark.

Select Grade Threads when creating the forum.

Select Grade Thread when creating each thread.

A column is automatically created in the Grade Centre for each thread mark.

Individual marks for different discussion / responses (i.e. a mark per week)

Set up as “Post first” so students must enter their own response before they can view the responses of other students.

Create a forum for each discussion / response you wish to mark.

Select Post first.

Select Grade Discussion Forum when creating each forum.

A column is automatically created in the Grade Centre for each forum mark.

Forum information

  1. From the Course menu select Discussion board.
  2. Click on the Create Forum button.

Create forum

  1. Enter an informative title for the forum in the Name textbox.
  2. Enter instructions for the forum in Description textbox.

Tip: If the forum is set up as Post first (Students need to create a thread in order to view other threads in the forum) include this information in the description.

Tip: Include a link to the AskIT guide for students on using the discussion board.
https://web.library.uq.edu.au/library-services/it/learnuq-blackboard-help/collaborative-tools/discussion-boards

Forum Availability

Tip: You may wish to limit the time a forum is visible to students. i.e. for an assignment specific forum.

Available

  1. Select the required radio button.

Enter Date and Time Restrictions

To restrict when the forum link is available to students:

  1. If required, select the Display After checkbox and enter the date using the  Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.
  2. If required, select the Display Until checkbox and enter the date using the  Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.

Note: If you set the forum to Available = No this will override any date and time restrictions.

Date and Time Restrictions

Forum Settings

Viewing Threads/Replies

  1. Select the required radio button:
    • Standard View: Students can enter and view all threads and replies.
    • Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum: Student will not be able to enter the discussion board until they post their own thread.

Note: Selecting Participants must a thread will by automatically select the other forum settings needed.

View threads and replies

Grade

  1. Select the required radio button:
    • No Grading in Forum: If you do not wish to mark the discussion.
    • Grade Discussion Forum: Allows you to give an overall mark for forum contributions from a student.
    • Grade Threads When you create a thread in the forum you have the option to grade it. (Refer Create a Thread guide) i.e. Mark replies to individual questions.

Which option should I use?

Refer to the table at the beginning of the guide.

Grade Discussion Forum (if selected)

  1. Optionally, select the Due Date checkbox and enter the date using the Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.
  2. Enter the mark the Discussion Board will be marked out of in the Points possible textbox OR
  3. Click on the Add Rubric button.
  4. Select Select Rubric from the drop down menu.
  5. Select the check box of the required rubric.

Grade Discussion forum

  1. Click on the Submit button.

Select rubrics

  1. Click on the OK button to assign the rubric marks as the Points Possible.

Rubric options (if used)

  • Delete button to remove the rubric from the discussion board.
  • View button to display the rubric (as it will be displayed to students).
  • Edit button to make changes to the rubric.
  • Use for Grading OR Use for Secondary Evaluation (Select the secondary evaluation if you have set up a No Points rubric).
  • Show rubrics to students
    • No – default
    • Yes (With Rubric Scores) – recommended
    • Yes (Without Rubric Scores)
    • After grading

Subscribe

Selecting subscribe, allows students the option to select to receive an email every time something is added to the forum / thread. If you select to also include the body of the post in the email, students will also receive the content posted.

  1. Select the required radio button:
    • Do not allow subscriptions
    • Allow members to subscribe to threads
    • Allow members to subscribe to forum - recommended
      • Include body of post in the email – recommended
      • Include link to post

Sbuscribe

Create and Edit

  1. Allow Anonymous Posts: In most cases this would not be selected to ensure appropriate use of the forum.

Tip: Anonymous posts may be useful in some cases if students are reluctant to post questions.

  1. Allow Author to Delete Own Posts
    • All posts
    • Only posts with no replies
  2. Allow Author to Edit Own Published Posts

Note: You may not wish to allow both of these options to force student to take care with the content they are publishing.

  1. Allow Authors to Create New Threads: Use this option if you want students to be able to post new questions.
  2. Allow File Attachments:  Useful in most cases as it allows students to link resources.
  3. Allow Users to Reply with Quotes Useful in most cases as it allows students to quote the content of another student’s post.
  4. Force Moderation of Posts: Posts are not shown unless approved by a moderator (instructor). Choosing this option can be very work intensive. It is recommended that you set guidelines for post contents instead.

Create and edit

 

Additional Options

  1. Allow Post Tagging: Instructors can create and apply text labels of their own choosing to messages in a Forum; other Discussion Board users can read, filter and search messages using the tags but cannot create new ones. Tags allow arbitrary messages groupings independent of thread or thread status.
  2. Allow Members to Rate posts: May be used as peer assessment or voting tool.

Additional options

 

Submit

  1. Click on the Submit button.