In fully online classes, discussion boards are a very important space of conversation, collaboration, and community. As their name implies, discussion boards are often used to take the place of the discussions you'd have in an actual classroom. Depending upon the course and content, instructors use discussion boards for different reasons, and sometimes your posts are graded and other times not. The following best practices take into consideration both graded and ungraded discussion board posts.
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Cherrill Pascal, Office Administration Major and Peer Tutor at the DSC Writing Center:
I have completed more than 10 courses which required using discussion boards. These practices have been extremely helpful:
Savannah Johnson, Associate of Arts Student and Peer Tutor at the DSC Writing Center:
I have had to participate in discussion board posts for Math, English, Speech, History, and Political Science, among other courses. The following techniques have been incredibly helpful: