Creating a discussion forum (2m43s)

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Creating a discussion forum

In your Course Management area—the home office—open the Course Tools tab, then “Discussion Board”. Next, click on the link to your class discussion board.  Click on “Create Forum” in the action bar.  If you want your students to participate by a certain date and time, we suggest you start the name with “Due” followed by the date and time and a short description of the topic. --BEEP-- Leave the Forum Availability settings as is. Take your time to select the Forum Settings. Click on the More Help link in the Create Forum banner on the top if needed. --BEEP-- If you want the forum to be graded or want students to see a due date in the Course Calendar, the Notification Dashboard, and the “To Do” module of your course Home Page as well as on their Blackboard Student app, you need to check the Grade Discussion Forum radio button. We recommend that you do set a due date—the same as in the name of your forum, naturally. Add a rubric if you have one. Don’t forget to click on “Submit”! 

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 scrollbar 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.

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