Building a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience. The Discussion Board is an important tool for interpersonal interaction and can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom. Discussions can serve a range of purposes, such as:
An online meeting place for social interaction among peers.
An additional medium for collaboration and the exchange of ideas.
A medium to pose questions about homework assignments, readings, and course content.
A way to demonstrate the understanding or application of course material.
A record of discussion which can be reviewed at a later point.
A graded activity that demonstrates understanding or application of course material.
Once you have determined your precise needs, you can create forums and threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course.
For more information about getting started with Blackboard Learn interactive tools such as this, please download their guide.
Blackboard Tipsheets on Discussions
Moderating Discussion Board Forums (includes how to assign different roles to students)