Discussion Boards – NMCC

November 9th, 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. Dave Keaton
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:09 | #1

    We have started to use Module

  2. Ernie Easter
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:10 | #2

    Love the use of Discussion Boards, especially in StudyWiz. These allow students to post a reaction, read the posts of other students reacting to these.

    • Steven Garton
      November 10th, 2011 at 12:16 | #3

      StudyWiz is a great closed garden place to have a discussion board.

  3. Tracie
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:11 | #4

    This is a great venue for sharing opinions and feedback on products, technology and the like. My entire Masters Degree was online, so DBs were vital for learning. Students need to realize that is part of their digital footprint and the written word can be just as hurtful as the verbal. Responsibility. Netiquette.

  4. Anne Blanchard
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:11 | #5

    That’s what we’re doing, right? There’s obviously a reason, purpose for discussion.

  5. Ben Nason
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:11 | #6

    Forums are a great way to “find” your preferred discussion and get the info you need.

  6. Betsy York
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:12 | #7

    I’ve started using the Forum feature in Moodle with my class and I find it to be a great tool. I can comment, classmates can comment, we can find and refer to comments easily and I find that the quality of the comments is richer….probably because of the ownership piece and the fact that the students know more than just me will read the comment.

  7. kim
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:12 | #8

    I would like to know how to set up a discussion board to use in my classroom. I have used them many times in college and webinars.

  8. Tammy Jordan
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:12 | #9

    Having taken many university classes online, I find this style of learning easier for me than face-to-face. I could post and respond at my own pace within a given time frame. It was also fairly easy to collaboratively create projects with others from around the world.

  9. Londa
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:12 | #10

    I’ve pushed really hard for a Moodle site for our school, but no success yet. We are using Google apps and are able to comment and update discussions together on documents.

  10. Steven Garton
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:13 | #11

    We are actually using this as a discussion board.nIt is a great way to get input from everyone instead of just the ones that are comfortable with talking.

  11. November 10th, 2011 at 12:13 | #12

    I have taken several online courses. Some courses use them effectively by asking questions that encourages classmates to respond to other student’s comments. Other classes have used it as a place for students to post comments but the questions basically get everyone to answer the question in the same way. There is no discussion that follows.

  12. Gail Hagelstein
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:13 | #13

    Enjoy discussion boards… like interests, receiving advice or help, disseminating and sharing information. Many teachers use Moodle for tests, which is great for students who miss a class.

  13. Stephanie Bresett
    November 10th, 2011 at 12:13 | #14

    My husband teaches online courses for a university. Discussion is very important in Blackboard and he grades their discussion. I will begin using Moodle with grade 6 next week. I am anxious to see how it goes.

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