Blackboard Quick Tip: A Discussion Board Reminder

The biggest difficulty in the ANGEL-to-Blackboard transition that I’ve noticed has been with instructors and discussions. It is slightly confusing, so let’s quickly go over the difference between the links to discussion forums present under the Lessons menu and the discussion board available under course tools.

They are not connected — if you want both to change, you gotta edit in both places!

Here’s a good reminder/visual cue: When you go from Lessons to edit, it does show that you’re editing a link to the discussion board, not the discussion forum.


Information that you add to the text box here shows up in the Lessons area. Information that you add to the textbox for the forum via Course Tools > Discussion Board shows when the students click to create a new post. So you may consider having no text in the link (Lessons area) but having your instructions in the description (Course Tools > Discussion Board), if that helps keep it simpler.

You’ll need to access the board (Course Tools > Discussion Board) to change the settings for the student work — the points available, the due date, etc. (I also find it easier to grade from this view, but that’s not required.) Again, the Lessons area “discussions” are all separate content requiring separate editing — they’re just links to the forums, not the forums.


Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at

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One comment on “Blackboard Quick Tip: A Discussion Board Reminder
  1. […] • Instructors giving an activity a due date automatically puts it in the calendar. Remember, due date is not the same as access date, but each graded activity has a due date option right in the settings. (Go to Course Tools > Discussion Board to edit forums.) […]

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