Feature 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 include:

    All 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 other posts.


    Respond 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.


    Post 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 create threads.)