How do I use Discussion Board in Blackboard Ultra?

You can use discussion boards in Blackboard to share thoughts and ideas about class materials

Open a discussion

Discussions are an online forum about course concepts. Your instructor may expect you to create your own discussions and participate in existing ones. Your instructor can also grade your contributions.
Your instructor can also create a group discussion for you to discuss a topic with a group of your classmates.
If your instructor added due dates for graded discussions, you can open discussions from your Grades pages, the calendar, and the activity stream.
Upcoming screen, shows Course Name, Discussion Name and Due Date
From a course, select the Discussions icon on your course's navigation bar. Select the discussion from the list that appears. Discussions can also appear alongside other course materials on the Course Content page.
Note: Discussions in the Ultra Course View don't use forums and threads.
Ultra Course View with course title, Instructor name, Details & Actions, highlighting discussion in the course content section and the discussion button in the top right navigation
Each time you open a discussion, new responses and replies appear with "New" to show any activity that's happened since your last visit.
Above the Participants list in the Author section, you can see who created the discussion.
Example discussion screen with title, discussion topic question, prompts and video link, responses section, Details & Information, grading, author and participants

Post a response first

Your instructor may require you to respond to a discussion before you can read other responses and replies. When you "post first," you aren't influenced by your classmates' responses. When you open this type of discussion, a message appears: Post a response to see discussion activity. You can't view the discussion activity yet. Responses and replies appear when you post a response.
The Participants list won't show the number of others' responses and replies until you post a response.
example discussion screen showing notification notifying user to post a response to see other responses

Create a discussion

You can create discussions for your classmates to participate in. Your instructor can delete any discussions, responses, and replies.
If allowed by your instructor, you can create discussions for your classmates to participate in. Your instructor can delete any discussions, responses, and replies.
  1. In your course, select the Discussions icon on the navigation bar.
  2. Select the plus sign in the upper-right corner to open the menu. If the plus sign doesn't appear, you aren't allowed to create discussions.
  3. In the menu, select Add Discussion. Your discussion appears at the top of the list. Only your instructor can move it in the list or add it to a folder.
    example discussions page highlighting add a discussion button as dropdown from discussions in the top-right navigation
  4. On the New Discussion page, type a meaningful title. Choose your discussion title carefully. After you move your cursor off the title line, the discussion title saves. Only your instructor can edit the title.
    example new discussion screen identifying the space to start a discussion with an initial post
  5. Get the discussion started with a question, idea, or response. You can use the options in the editor to format text, attach files, and embed multimedia. If you view the editor on a smaller screen, select the plus icon to view the menu of options. For example, select Insert/Edit Local Files—represented by the paper clip icon. Browse for a file from your computer. A status window appears to show the progress of the file upload.
    • Note: To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option, such as a numbered list.
  6. Select Save.
On the main Discussions page, your discussion title appears with the label Created by student.
When course members open your discussion, you're listed as the author in the side panel.
example main discussions page showing a listing with name and "created by student" and author
You may edit or delete your own posts and may delete your own discussions if no one has responded.

Watch a video about participating in discussions

The following narrated video provides a visual and auditory representation of some of the information included on this page. For a detailed description of what is portrayed in the video, open the video on YouTube, navigate to More actions, and select Open transcript.
Video: Participate in discussions explains how to participate in discussions in the Ultra Course View.


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