Setting up and grading a Blackboard Discussion Board

Overview

The Discussion Board allows for asynchronous discussion and collaboration to take place within a Blackboard course. A Discussion Board can be used for Student Lounges, FAQs, as well as graded assignment, assessment and project submissions. This article explains the components of a Discussion Board and demonstrates how to set up forums and grade submissions. 

 

Audience

University Employees

 

Information

Click on the video tutorial below to proceed. Within the video, you can find information at the following timestamps: 

1:45 - Key elements of a Discussion Board, and how they work

2:42 - Overview of how a Discussion Board works

3:35 - How students access your Discussion Board

4:40 - Setting up Discussion Forums

17:00 - Editing/Copying/Deleting a Discussion Forum

17:59 - Grading your Discussion Forums

NOTES:

We recommend that you play the video in full-screen if possible - to enable full screen, click the "full screen" icon at the lower right corner of the video. Closed Captioning is available by clicking the CC button the bottom of the video - this is currently auto-generated, but more comprehensive subtitles will be published shortly. 

If you have any additional questions on Blackboard Discussion Boards, complete the LMS Consultation form, and we will be happy to provide assistance. 

Details

Article ID: 117353
Created
Wed 9/30/20 4:27 PM
Modified
Wed 10/12/22 2:27 PM

Related Articles (6)

Blackboard is the Learning Management System (LMS) for Saint Peter's University, hosting digital courses for each class taught at the University. It allows faculty to communicate with, provide course materials to, assess, and grade their students.
Blackboard's Discussion Boards are widely used in courses as part of assessment and assignments. This step-by-step article explains how participants in Blackboard courses with Discussion Boards can locate postings they have made in that course.
Blackboard's discussion forums can be used for asynchronous discussion and assessment. In addition to this, the Discussion Forum can also be a good asynchronous place for interactive FAQ's, and for students to collaborate and share articles, resources in a centralized location allowing the instructor to participate and assist as needed. This article demonstrates for Instructors how to create a Discussion Forum for these purposes - as a both a 'Student Lounge" and "Ask your Instructor" forum.
When grading assignments and discussions on Blackboard, Rubrics can be incorporated and used to guide grading. This article guides an Instructor on how to use a Rubric when performing inline grading in Blackboard, and assumes that the Instructor has already created a rubric on Blackboard to be used (for more information on this, please see "How to Create a Rubric on Blackboard")
The Blackboard Text Editor, or Visual Text Box Editor (VTBE) is typically the “Description” field where instructors will add information about a course element they have created. This is also used when instructors provide feedback to students when grading, and where messages to the class or individual students are composed. This field contains many options and features which will be identified in this article.
This article will provide guidance and best practices for suggestions on how to prepare your classes in advance of a disruption, and procedures you can follow to ensure you are still able to reach and teach your students if any shutdown or incident prevents your class from assembling on campus.