Q. How do I set up a new Discussion Boards in NILE?

Answer

Discussion boards can be created in any NILE module sites for students use. 

They are often used for active blended learning activities where the student's can demonstrate research skills or comment on material created by instructors or their peers. They can be graded as an item of assessment if required.

 

Steps to create a discussion board

 

1. Create a new discussion board. 

In a content area (eg. Module Activities) click Tools > Discussion Board.

 

 

2. Create a link
 

Screengrab - Create link discussion board

Click ‘Create New Forum’ (go to step 3) or select an existing Discussion Board Forum (go to step 6), click 'Next'.

 

 

3. Create Forum - Name and Description

 

 

Enter 'Name' and 'Description'
The entered text will be viewable to the student after they have clicked the 'discussion board' link from the content area. Scroll down to see availability and grading settings.

(Please enter a meaningful name such as ‘week 1-topic’ or ‘topic 1’ and a description of what is required) 

 

 

4. Forum Availability and Grading

 

 

Set availability to Yes, to allow students to view your discussion board. 
 

To allow grading of your discussion board, choose the option 'Grade Discussion Forum' and enter Points Possible as 100

 

Review all other settings before Submitting. 

 

 

5. Create Link

 

Select your forum from the list and click Next (you may only have one forum in your list)


 

6. Add link text 

 

screengrab-discussion board link information

Add clear instructions for the task, set the other options (including availability). Then click 'Submit'. 



7. View the link

 


 

You will now see the link to the discussion board at the bottom of your content items.

 

 

8. Create a new thread

 

Screen-shot, Create Thread

 

Go into the Discussion Board and create a new Thread for your students to reply to.  (students are unlikely to engage without an opening thread).

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  • Last Updated Aug 29, 2019
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  • Answered By Richard Byles

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