How to Use the Course Discussion Board

You are required to participate in the Class Discussion Board on a weekly basis. Although the screens may look different on the new version that will be installed starting in the fall of 2009, the basic process for posting a response to Blackboard will be the same, and I hope that these instructions will help you to access the Discussion Board and to post a response to one of the assigned questions.
1. Go to Tech's Blackboard site by selecting "Current Students"from Tech's home page and then selecting "Blackboard" from the right side of the screen. You will see a screen like thatto the right.

Figure 1: Blackboard Main Screen

2. Click on the "Login" button. That will take you to the login screen shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: The Blackboard Login Screen


3. Type your username and password into the appropriate fields and click on the "Login" button. This should take you to your personal Blackboard main page, which will look something like the example in Figure 3.

Figure 3: Your Blackboard Main Page


4. Click on Introduction to American Literature -- in your list of courses. Clicking on the course title should take you to the course's announcement page as in the example in Figure 4.

Figure 4: Course Announcements Page


5. Click on "Discussion Board " in the left-hand menu. That should take you to the Discussion Board forum screen pictured in Figure 5.

Figure 5: Discussion Board Forums Screen


6. Clicking on a particular forum will take you to the specific list of assigned questions for the selected week, as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6: Weekly Discussion Board Question List


7. Clicking on a specific question's title line will display the question screen as shown in Figure 7 below. Clicking on responses under a question will allow you to read through other student's response.

Figure 7: Individual Question Screen


8. To respond to a question, click on the Reply button to the right of the question. That will display a response screen such as that shown in Figure 9.

Figure 8: Response Screen


9. Type your message in the large box under the heading "Message." You can edit it as you would any word processing document. If you choose, you can write your response in a word processing program and then paste it into the box. When your response is complete, click the Submit button to post. Note that selecting Save will allow you to return to your psot later and work on it, but it does not post it.
Figure 9: Response Ready to be Submitted

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Using the Discussion Board

In addition to responding to at least one question a week, you should read through the student responses to other questions. I will occasionally add my comments to the discussions. Remember that many of these posted questions will be on the examinations.

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updated June 12, 2009