Discussion Boards

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Discussion boards can be used to support the delivery of distance learning programmes and programmes delivered through block release (for example foundation degrees and apprenticeships).
To set up a discussion board, find the module run or programme in Blackboard where you want the students to access the discussion board from. You can then either add a new Content Menu item, and call it Discussion Board (or something similar) or you can choose a Tool menu item and add a link directly to the discussion board. The advantage of the former is that you can add in some introductory content for the students.
It is good practice to spell out the purpose of the Discussion Board, to say whether it will be moderated, and/or how often it will be checked.

Also, provide some guidance for students on what is acceptable practice. You could use this example:

Example content for Blackboard

Most of us are familiar with society’s guidelines known as etiquette. Online communication has its own rules and guidelines for etiquette; these are often referred to as ‘netiquette’. Keep these rules in mind for any kind of online communication including e-mail, discussion board posts and other online contact with your classmates or instructor. For a transcript of the video below, see click on Netiquette_video_transcript, or watch the video (approximately 2 mins’ duration). For more information, please see UWE’s Blackboard Support pages on Discussion Boards.

[Then, using the Mashup tool in Blackboard, add a link to the Discussion Board Netiquette on YouTube.]
For more information on setting up Discussion Boards, please refer to UWE’s Blackboard Staff Support page on Discussion Boards, or come and see us in 3Q64.

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