Facilitate Blackboard Discussions
In order to keep students engaged in your course, frequent communication is essential. We recommend using the following tools in Blackboard Learn: Announcements, Email, and Discussion boards.
The most common form of interaction in an online course is through discussions started by an instructor. Discussions are a good way to encourage students to think critically about the coursework and interact with each others' ideas. You can create discussions around individual course lessons or for your course in general. As the instructor, you own the discussions. After you start a discussion, you can post comments of your own to guide students.
Participation and interaction in discussions don’t occur naturally. You must intentionally design it into your courses, crafting discussion questions carefully to engage your students.