Group discussion boards can be allocated when you create groups (refer to the Groups tool page). You can also edit the settings of a set of groups that you have already created to allocate them discussion boards. Groups that are transferred to Blackboard from SI-net (i.e. Practical and Tutorial) can also be allocated a discussion board by changing the settings of each group individually.

Access groups

From the Control Panel select Users and Groups > Groups

Allocate Discussion Boards to a set of groups

Note: There is no group set for SI-net groups (i.e. Practical and Tutorial), discussion boards will need to be allocated to these groups individually.

  1. Click on the Group Sets link.
  2. Hover over the group set name.
  3. Click on the arrow button.
  4. Select Edit Group Set Properties from the drop down list.

 

Edit group set properties

Note: Students cannot view or contribute to group discussion boards of which they are not members.

  1. Check the Discussion Board checkbox:
    • Allow any members to create forums – recommended
    • Do not allow student group members to create forums – you will need to setup forums individually in each group discussion board before they can be used by students.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

Tool availability

Allocate a discussion board to an individual group

  1. Click on the All Groups link.
  2. Hover over the group name.
  3. Click on the arrow button.
  4. Select Edit Group from the drop down list.

Edit group

  1. Check the Discussion Board checkbox:
    • Allow any members to create forums – recommended
    • Do not allow student group members to create forums – you will need to setup forums individually in each group discussion board before they can be used by students.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

Tool availability settings

Student view of a course with group discussion boards:

Student view

Note: Students can not view or contribute to group discussion boards of which they are not members.