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
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
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
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).