Discussion Board Tips

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Composing a New Post

  • Use a descriptive title
    When creating a new thread, use a descriptive title so the subject of that thread is clear.
  • Check your spelling
    Proper spelling and grammar will help get your point across. Consider using a word processing program like Microsoft Word to check your spelling and grammar.
  • Save your files to your computer
    It is a best practice to compose your thoughts using a word processing program and paste your finished response into Brightspace. Doing so prevents a loss of your work if you are disconnected from the internet while working in Brightspace.

Responding to Posts

Use the Reply button to respond to an existing thread, instead of starting a new thread.

  • Don’t just agree or disagree.
    Responses should be meaningful. Simply saying “I agree” or “I disagree” does not add to the conversation. Add your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing to make the post more substantial.
  • Avoid being overly critical.
    Try to be balanced in your responses. Rather than pointing out all the negatives or positives, try to include both in your responses.
  • Avoid personal attacks.
    There is a thin line between attacking the argument and attacking the arguer. Make sure to remember it is the argument that you disagree with, and keep your responses civil. Even when other posters have crossed this line it is important to remain civil.
  • Alert your instructor about problematic posts.
    If someone posts something offensive or inappropriate it is important to notify you instructor so they can delete the offending post or clear up any misunderstandings.

Viewing complete forums

To view all messages of a forum on a single screen, click the top checkbox which will select all the threads and click Collect. Messages are displayed in the order they are posted. A drawback is that you lose the threaded nature of the messages.

Inappropriate Behavior

Remember, this is an academic environment. It is important to keep in mind that your instructor will be reading your posts and it is important to behave accordingly.

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