Enhancement for All Users
With this enhancement, Blackboard has thoroughly redesigned the
Discussions interface while adding some new functionality as a direct response
to instructor feedback. Highlights
posts on one page: The
entire discussion thread appears on a single page, thereby maintaining the
context of posts and replies to one another.
Avatars: The user profile avatars are more prominent
in the new Discussions.
Conditional highlighting of instructors’
posts: It is easier for students to find posts from instructors in a sea of
to posts inline: When clicking “Reply”, the content editor appears in the
context of the discussion so as not to disrupt the flow of the user. The full content editor is available for the
user to write a reply. When finished, submitting the post adds it directly into
the page without losing context.
first feature: In addition to the user enhancements described above, we
have also introduced a new setting that permits instructors to specify that
students must enter their own thread before viewing other threads in a
forum. (Note that initially this
capability only applies at the forum level, not the thread level. This means that post first is not an option
when students are not permitted to