Blackboard has thoroughly redesigned the Discussions interface while adding some new functionality. You can find detailed information on all aspects of the discussion board tool on Blackboard's Discussion Board support webpage (note: we have the upgraded version of the discussion tool) and by viewing the short videos (2-4 minutes) referenced in the inset panel at right.
New features of the discussion tool include:
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.
In addition to the user enhancements described above, there is also 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.)