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Alternative Uses of the Discussion Board

The Discussion Board in Blackboard doesn’t always have to be used for online discussions. It can also be a place where students can experiment, practice, and collaborate. Here are a few alternative uses for the Discussion Board:

  • Planning
    • Students propose topics for papers or projects, receiving feedback from the instructor and other students.
    • Students post an outline for a paper they will write, receiving feedback from the instructor and other students.
    • Students post portions of a paper (for instance, the introduction) or early drafts, receiving feedback from the instructor and other students.
  • Low-Stakes Practice Activities
    • Students work through sentence- and paragraph-level revision exercises.
    • Students complete practice exercises in class. The instructor gathers representative samples of student work for review and discussion later in the class.
  • Students use a Group Discussion Board to communicate about a collaborative project.
  • Students use a discussion forum to complete a jigsaw activity, an exercise that makes students dependent on one another to succeed.