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How do I add a thread to a Discussion Board forum in my course site in Blackboard Learn?

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A thread is a succession of messages displayed in a way that reveals the logical progression of a discussion. A thread has an initial posting, where the topic is set, followed by messages in reply. Forum threads are inherently complex - typically, replies are posted to replies, no matter how old or new.

Having entered the Discussion Board in your course site, click the link representing the forum you want to enter; the main page for that forum opens. Click Add New Thread and the Create New Message page opens. Here, introduce your new topic (thread) with an accompanying message, and remember that you may also attach a file:

  • in the Subject field, type your new topic
  • in the Message field, type your message
  • under Options, choose your preferred method of formatting
  • in the optional Attachment field, supply the full pathname of the file you are attaching (either by typing or by browsing)

Before sending, you can view the message as others will see it by clicking Preview. To send the message, click Submit. The main page for your forum reappears with your new message available for viewing by forum members.

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