About the Discussion Board

Overview

The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about class materials. The Discussion Board is made up of forums that may appear anywhere in the course but are also all centrally located in the Discussion Board tool.

Students usually participate in forums with no administrative privileges. However, a Student may be granted some forum administration privileges within a group.

Discussion Board Terms

The table below outlines the terms used to describe Discussion Board features.

 

Term

Definition

Thread

The initial post and the entire series of replies to that post within a Disucssion Board forum.

Thread Detail

The page that displays the threaded view of all posts in a thread along with the selected post.

Post

A Discussion Board entry posted to a thread or used to start a thread. Also used as a verb to refer to the act of submitting a post.

Forum Role

A role type that is assigned to all members of the Discussion Board for each forum and enables specific privileges within the forum. A user may have one role per forum, however, a userís role in each forum may differ.

Blocked

A forum role that blocks the user from accessing the forum.

Reader

A forum role that grants the user the rights to read the contents of a forum. Users with this role may only view content and cannot add or respond to posts.

Participant

A forum role that grants the user read and write privileges in the forum.

Grader

A forum role that grants the user Participant privileges as well as the Grading privileges for the forum.

Moderator

A forum role that grants Participant privileges as well as the ability to modify, delete, and lock posts. If a Moderation Queue is used, the Moderator may also approve or reject posts in the queue.

Manager

A forum role that grants all privileges.

Grade Forum

The process of assigning a grade to a user for their performance in a forum.

Grade Thread

The process of assigning a grade to a user for their performance in a thread.

Rate Post

The process of evaluating a post based on a fixed, 5 point scale.

Collect Posts

The process of selecting one or more posts or threads for inclusion in on a page that can be sorted, filtered, printed, and saved as a document. The collection is gathered into a format that can be sorted, filtered, printed, and saved as a document that can be viewed in a browser.

Flag

A mark used to call attention to the post.

Copy Forum

The process of creating a clone of a forum or the forum settings in the same discussion board or in another discussion board in the same course or organization.

Save Posts

The act of saving a post as a draft.

Published Post

A post that has been submitted and, if necessary, approved by a moderator.

Post Position

The position of a post in a thread relative to the other posts.

Draft

A post that has been saved for future editing.

Locked Thread

A thread that is visible for reading but cannot be modified. Users may not post to a locked thread.

Unavailable Thread

A thread that is hidden and inaccessible to all users except forum Managers.

Hidden Thread

A Thread that is locked and not visible by default. Users may view hidden threads by enabling the Display Hidden Threads feature.

Moderation Queue

A list of posts that must be approved before they will appear in the Discussion Board.