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About the Discussion Board

The discussion board is a tool where students and instructors can share thoughts on class topics. It is made up of forums which consist of threads submitted by individuals. It is text based but can include images and attached files. 

Discussion Board Terms and their definitions

Generating and Facilitating Engaging
and Effective Online Discussions

How-to Tutorials

Why Use a Discussion Board?

The discussion board allows students who normally won't speak up in class to participate in discussions. It is also very useful for distance education courses. Since it is asynchronous - not "live" - it encourages 100% participation, especially when graded.

New alternatives to the discussion board are:

  • Voice Board - A text / audio discussion board in the Wimba tool suite
  • Blogs and Wikis - Alternative Social Networking structures that are more free-flowing than the hierarchical discussion board

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