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8. Discussion Board

Many of the instructors use the Discussion Board feature in Blackboard. In fact, your first assignment may be to post something to a discussion board about yourself and why you are taking the class. Don't be shy! The next section will familiarize you with some "dos and don'ts" of online discussions. 

You may be graded for class participation by your use of the Discussion Board. Besides, it's a great way to talk with the other students you may seldom, if ever, meet. You may be required to post once or twice a week, so get acquainted with how it works!

  • Specific areas in the Discussion Board are called forums. One person will start a discussion thread, and others will reply to it. New discussion threads can be posted at any time. Online discussions can get quite lively!
  • Unlike 'chatting', which takes place in real time, items can be posted to a discussion board at separate times. The date and time are noted, so you can see when the comment was made creating a record of the discussion.
  • Since the results are permanently posted on the Web, until removed by the instructor, please compose your thoughts carefully. Until you hit the 'Submit' button, you can always have the chance to change what you've written. Once you hit the 'Submit' button, you cannot change your comment; and it's there until your instructor removes it.

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