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Step-by-step guide

To create a Discussion Board Thread

  1. Navigate to wherever your instructor has placed a discussion board.
  2. Next, open a Forum

    Some Discussion Boards will require you to create a thread before you can reply to an existing one. If, after opening a forum, you see the following screen:

    Simply follow the next steps to create a thread!

  3. Then select Create Thread

  4. Give your discussion a subject and respond in the space labeled Message

  5. You may attach files to your discussion response by browsing your computer for files in the section labeled Attachments

  6. You have the option to Save as Draft and return to your discussion later, or you may select Submit if you are finished

  7. You may also navigate through the windows of the discussion board with the OK button

To publish later

  1. Click Save Draft to save and publish later.

  2. The post will appear with (draft) next to it in the discussion board and will not appear to students.


    Make sure that you have chosen to Show All under the Display option.

  3. To publish a draft, click the draft post, and then click Edit to make your changes. (This can be a little hard to find. You have to hover over the post for the edit button to appear. Refer to the picture below.)

  4. When you have made your changes, click Submit.

Thread Detail Page

Several things have been updated regarding the discussion boards

While maintaining all it's existing functions the Thread Detail page has been redesigned and now includes:

  • All posts on one page - all of the posts in a thread are now visible at the same time on one page. (With the ability to hide replies if it's overwhelming or confusing.)

  • Role highlighting - posts made by forum managers and moderators now contain the user’s course role and forum role.

  • Inline replies - when replying to a post, the content editor used to write a response appears on the same page, in the context of the discussion.

  • Post First Setting - instructors can use a new forum setting to require students to post to a forum before they can see other students’ posts.

Be sure to follow any special directions or guidelines given by your instructor in regards to your discussion posts.

For questions or comments, contact the Computer Services Help Desk