Discussion Board

Creating a sense of community among students is crucial for a successful online experience.
With the discussion students/participants can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the traditional classroom.
The Discussion Board is a tool for sharing thoughts and ideas about subject materials asynchronously (not at the same time).

Discussions can serve a range of purposes, such as:

  • An online meeting place for social interaction among peers.
  • An additional medium for collaboration and the exchange of ideas.
  • A medium to pose questions about homework assignments, readings, and course content.
  • A way to demonstrate the understanding or application of course material.
  • A record of discussion that members can review at a later point.
  • A graded activity that demonstrates understanding or application of course material.

The Discussion Board is administered by the subject coordinator and made up of forums that may appear anywhere in the course/subject but are also all centrally located in the Discussion Board tool.

By default, in your subject site there will be a menu item called Discussions

Discussions in Interact2 resemble an electronic bulletin board, where users post their messages when they have time.

In the Discussion Board, a forum is a general topic for discussion. A thread is subordinate discussion within the forum.

Students can access the Discussion Board through the Discussions menu link in the Course/Subject Menu.


To create a Discussion Board forum:  From the Course Menu, click Discussions> and Create Forum in the adjacent content frame.

By default, all site members are able to subscribe to each Forum to receive an email notification of each new posting made to the forum.

To do this, click on the Subscribe function on the main page of each forum.

NOTE: Inform students of this option.



Quick Guides


Note: in order to make the subscription feature of the Discussion tool work, you first need to enable the email functionality of your course site.
You do this going into Control Panel, Customization, Teaching tools, and ticking the ‘available’ category for the email tool.

You are not getting messages or notifications that someone has posted to a thread in the discussion board?

you need to subscribe to each of the discussions (forums) by clicking the Subscribe button.

If this has not worked check that Email is available on your site under Organization Tools or Course Tools

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