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Discussions have been updated in two primary ways: the Thread Detail page has been thoroughly redesigned while maintaining all of its current functionality.  We have also added new functionality to support specific pedagogical needs for the use of discussions: a way for instructors to require students to post first to a forum before they can see other students’ posts. Selected highlights include:

  • All posts on one page - all of the posts in a thread are now visible at the same time on one page. 
  • Instructor highlighting - posts made my 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 Discussions setting - this setting allows instructors to require students to post to a discussion before seeing other students’ posts.

The discussions building block is available via software updates and Behind the Blackboard. You have the option of installing and enabling it for your institution’s installation of Blackboard Learn. When enabled, the new discussion board user experience and capabilities are available to end-users, and it replaces the old discussion board.

Note: All discussion forums and threads from the old discussion board show up on the new discussion board.


TO: Tim Lambert
SM: Stefanie Henderson



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