Discussion Boards – Bowdoin

November 15th, 2011

A discussion board (or forum, bulletin board, message board) is an online tool that lets folks make posts and/or comments on other folks posts. Sometimes you need to be a member to make posts or comments.

Often there is a central unifying theme or topic that provides an environment for discussion, with many posts and responses. A post and the responses are a thread. A discussion board can have many threads, sometimes separated into discrete topics.

One of the advantages of a discussion board is its asynchronous nature, allowing people to post or respond without any time frame restriction. This is obviously different from IMs or live chat.


  1. Palmers
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:03 | #1

    Do teachers currently use discussion boards/threads for actual assignments in HS? Do they assess such discussions? Do these figure into grades? n

  2. Daviss
    November 15th, 2011 at 12:08 | #2

    So what are the main differences between a discussion board and a blog?n

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