Making the discussion forum assignment available in the Course Menu
If this is the first time creating a discussion forum: in the Course Menu—the dining section—of your course page, in the action bar, click on the plus icon, then click on the "Tool Link." If you plan to give more than one discussion board assignment, name your link “Discussions” then select “Discussion Board” in the Type drop-down. Make the link available to users and click "Submit." [BEEP] Does the menu look good? If not, use the double arrow icon in the action bar to reorder the links as you see fit. [BEEP] Now, click on the newly created link to check that your freshly created discussion forum assignment appears in the list. If you have not done so already, in your Course Schedule page, make sure to let your students know where they need to go to complete the forum assignment.
Next, if you intend on grading students’ participation in the discussion forum, let’s make sure the discussion grading column is properly set up. In the Course Management section of your course page, go to the "Grade Center," then, in the "Full Grade Center," to the column that Blackboard created for you. Note that this column will be hiding all at the end of the Grade Center; if it has fallen off your screen, use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom to find it. Next, in the action bar, go to “Manage” then to “Column Organization” to reorder the columns as you see fit. [BEEP]
Next, go to the weighted total column for the grading category to which the discussion assignment belongs--you know, the one with the (suggested) percentage mark at the beginning of the name. Click on the action button to the right of the column, then on “Edit Column Information.” Scroll down to the Select Columns and in the Columns to Select box, select the newly created discussion forum assignment. With the arrow move it to the Selected Column box and put in 100%, then click "OK" to override the warning that may pop up. [BEEP] Don’t forget to click on "Submit." Done.