Discussion boards are useful tool facilitate learning, asynchronous communications in both face-to-face and online or hybrid courses. A discussion board might be used to begin a conversation amongst students prior to a class meeting, or continue a conversation following a class meeting. Discussion boards can also be used as assessment tools by turning on grading.
|Blackboard Discussion Boards||Text-based threaded discussion boards.|
|Harmonize||An alternative to Blackboard's discussion board that offers text, audio, video, annotation. Also offers multiple due dates.|
|Piazza||An alternative to Blackboard’s discussion boards, text-based, offers support for mathematical equations.|
|Voicethread||Multimedia discussion boards that offer support for audio and video commenting.|
|Yellowdig Engage||An external discussion board that is integrated into Blackboard. Offers community building and gamification capabilities.|
|Policies||See specifics about policies.|