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Blackboard upgrade: Discussion boards get cosmetic & functional updates

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Michelle Donaldson  

The Blackboard upgrade scheduled for summer 2014 will bring multiple changes to the way Blackboard looks and functions. This multi-part news series looks at those changes in detail. All current instructors of record can preview the new Blackboard by logging into https://bbtest.ohio.edu.


Screen shot: Editing a discussion forum post inlineDiscussion boards in the new Blackboard have been redesigned to allow more streamlined operation. Highlights of the changes include:

  • Single page threads: All posts in a thread can be viewed on a single page.
  • Role tags: When a discussion board manager or moderator posts, his or her post will be tagged with that person's course role and forum role.
  • Inline replies: When replying to a post, the rich text editor now appears inline on that thread's page instead of opening as a separate page.
  • Post First option: instructors now can require students to submit a post before they are able to view other students' posts
To learn more about the new discussion board features, watch this four minute video on Blackboard's YouTube channel.


Related Links

Blackboard upgrade overview 
Discussion boards video (Blackboard YouTube)