Blackboard - Discussion Board


The main discussion board page displays a list of forums (forums have to be created by the instructor first).  A forum is an area where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, participants can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and all replies to it.

Discussions appear sequentially so all course members can follow the conversation.

Forums have many different settings that affect how users interact with the Forums. For example:

  • can students post anonymous replies?
  • can students create new threads?
  • do messages have to be reviewed by a moderator before they are published?
  • do you want to grade the posts of students?

When you enable email subscription, students and instructors can receive email alerts for new posts or replies. You can allow students to subscribe to an entire forum or to specific threads within a forum.

Why Blackboard Discussion board

Online discussions provide some unique benefits. Because students can take time to ponder before posting ideas, you may see more thoughtful conversations play out. You can observe as students demonstrate their grasp of the material and correct misconceptions. You can extend your office hours by reaching students more often during the week so learning is continuous.

Discussions can serve a range of purposes:

  • 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 that members can review at a later point.
  • A graded activity that demonstrates understanding or application of course material.

How to use

You have to create a forum before students can use the Discussion Board:

How to use Blackboard discussions:


For more information on Blackboard Discussion Board, contact Ellen Peters (