What is the Blackboard Learn discussion board?

Using Discussion Board in Blackboard is one of the easiest ways to begin fostering on-line collaboration. This tool will help 'engage' students and foster a community within your individual class. Discussion Board can be a very valuable component to a face-to-face course, especially on a commuter campus like UIC. These Discussion Forums provide a venue for 'asynchronous communication'. They provide a public forum and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; they make 'anywhere/anytime' learning a possibility. Forums can be set up on a topic by topic basis and customized with a host of different participation options.

Discussion forums allow you to:

  • Clarify points that may not have been understood in class
  • Allow students to learn from each other by leveraging the intellectual capital of your entire class
  • Assist shy students by providing them with an alternate venue to participate in
  • Improve a student's written communication skills
  • Deal with monotonous questions in an alternate forum so you don't waste valuable class time

 

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February 09, 2012

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