Center for Educational Resources and Technology at DSU

Month: February 2017

Blackboard Discussion Boards

Discussions are a popular interaction tool in Blackboard courses. When using surveys, there are a few items to keep in mind:

  • When added to a content area such as the Weekly Units area of a Blackboard course, what is being created is a link. Changing the link name or description does not change the corresponding discussion. Deleting the link will not delete the discussion.
  • All course discussions are listed in the Discussion Board menu within a course. Making a discussion link unavailable or putting a date restriction on a link will hide the forum in the Discussion Board menu. Putting an available discussion link in a hidden folder will not hide the discussion in the Discussion Board menu.

Additional information from “About Discussions, Forums, and Threads” (

Discussions are a good way to encourage students to think critically about your coursework and interact with each others’ ideas. You can create discussions around individual course lessons or for your course in general. As the instructor, you own the discussions. After you start a discussion, you can post comments of your own to guide students.

Just as it is critical to plan and structure your course content, you need to provide structure for online discussions.

The main discussion board page displays a list of forums. A forum is where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, users can create multiple threads. A thread includes the initial post and all replies to it. You can create forums and threads to organize discussions into units or topics relevant to your course.

Discussions appear sequentially so all course members can follow the conversation.

Upcoming Workshops for March 2017

Blackboard Fundamentals:
Monday, March 6, 7 pm (Online)
 Saturday, March 18, 10 AM (Dooling 40-2)
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra:
Wednesday, March 8, 7 pm (Online)
Panopto: Embedded Quizzes and Other Advanced Features:
Thursday, March 9, 7 pm (Online)
 Wednesday, March 22, 12 pm (Dooling 40-2)
To register or for more information go to 
If you have any questions contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290 

Lecture Capture Demos, Feb 21, 12:35 and 5 pm, Dooling Hall

The Distance Education and Instructional Technology Department invites you to a Lecture Capture Room Demonstration! 

The demo will take place on February 21st, 2017 at 12:35 PM (Dooling 229) and 5:00 PM (Dooling 228).

The Lecture Capture rooms can be used for many things such as…

  • Allowing students the ability to access your lecture at any time.
  • Allowing absent students to access the lecture they missed.
  • Accommodating students with disabilities.
  • Creating a copy of the lecture to be used during a future semester.

This workshop will demonstrate the many features of our Lecture Capture rooms. This includes demonstrations on how to use the permanently mounted webcam and ceiling microphone, along with a demonstration of Panopto recording software to create lecture recordings. Panopto recordings can be set to record automatically or be initiated by the instructor.

Register at

If you have any questions contact DEIT at or 610-282-1100 x2290 

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