What is a Discussion Board?

A Discussion Board is a place where Instructors and students can post discussion items and reply to other posts.

Why would I use a Discussion Board?

A Discussion Board should be used for short question-and-answer-style collaboration between students.

Other considerations

Other tools you should consider as well as a discussion board are:

Blog: A blog is an online journal that can include links to resources, multimedia as well as text in it's entries. Each student's blog can be viewed by other course members and commented on.

Journal: A journal is a private blog for communication between the teaching staff and individual students (or groups). Journals can not be seen or commented on by other students (or other groups) in the course.

Wiki: A wiki is a collaborative space where students can add and edit content, which is usually used for group projects.

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