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System Discussion Boards

About System Discussion Boards

Institution wide discussion boards, called system discussion boards, can be created in Blackboard Learn. These discussion boards are not course or organization specific, but are used for general campus events and information. System discussion boards can also be accessed by all users at the institution.

System discussion boards appear by default on the Community tab, but the System Discussion Board module can be added to any tab.

Unlike a course, which has one overall discussion board, administrators can create multiple system discussion boards. Each discussion board may include multiple forums. For example, one discussion board can be created for Transportation, which includes forums on Public Transportation and Ride Sharing. Another discussion board can be created for Roommate Searches, with forums devoted to on-campus or off-campus housing.

Manage System Discussion Boards

System discussion boards may be added removed and managed through Discussion Boards on the Administrator Panel. To learn more, see Discussion Board.

The availability of the discussion board is managed on the Tools page.

About Forum Users

Each forum in a system discussion board may be made available to some or all users at an institution. Administrators control user access through the Manage Forum Users page. This page lists only those users who are not participants in the forum - such as users with the roles of manager, moderator, reader or blocked. This is different from a course discussion board, which lists all users in the class, regardless of forum role.

For information about forum roles, see How to Assign Discussion Forum Roles in Managing Discussions.

How to Change a Participant's Role

Follow the steps below to give a participant a non-participant role (for example, that of moderator, manager, or reader):

  1. On the tool panel on the Courses Page, click Discussion Boards.
  2. Select a discussion board.
  3. Access a forum's contextual menu and click Manage.
  4. On the Display Forum Role menu, click Participants and then click Go.
  5. Select the check box for a participant and then click the appropriate option in the contextual menu for that participant. The user's name will now appear in the category for the new role that was assigned.

How to Change a Non-Participant's Role

Follow the steps below to give a user a participant role.

Participants do not appear on the Manage Forum User page that is accessed from the Administrator Panel.

  1. On the tool panel on the Courses Page, click Discussion Boards.
  2. Click a discussion board.
  3. In the contextual menu for a forum, click Manage.
  4. On the Display Forum Role menu, click All Forum Users and then click Go.
  5. Select the check box for a user and then click the appropriate option in the contextual menu for that user. The user's name will now appear in the category for the new role that was assigned.