With a moderated discussion, you can see others' posts automatically. You can’t see your own post, however, until the instructor “publishes” it.
The instructor has to read and decide on your post before it is "published," or made visible to the class. The instructor has to click either Return (and I’ll give you guidance on how to fix it) or Publish:
· With posts such as where you ask or answer a question about the Study Guide, the Instructor’s Links, the Learning Quizzes, or an Evidence Quiz
· With replies such as saying that you read a post and will use it
If one of you inaccurately answers a question and others see it, many students could misunderstand history and also miss points on the test. Once posted, it is impossible to be certain that everyone who might have seen the post knows not to use the false definition. The way to avoid students being damaged by an inaccurate post is moderated discussions.
You can experiment with Student Introductions to see how you could do this. At the top of a forum, you see two buttons Thread Action and Collect.
1. Click on the top checkbox beside Thread Action.
2. Click Collect.
3. Blackboard displays a Print Preview screen, but it also makes all of the postings visible at one time.
4. If you want all of them to use when studying, you click your curser at the top and move to the bottom, click Copy on your right mouse, and then paste it in a file.
Caution: Although you can share your study efforts in this way, do not use another’s words without both a) citation and b) quotation marks (“”)
Don’t wait to do your first posts in the last two days of the Unit when the tests are occurring. The rubric and its description (provided with the instructions) states the consequences to grades. The reason for that lowering of grades is a definition posted in the last two days is not useful for other students who are trying to study efficiently.
FYI: Your instructor does not publish late postings until after she has graded all timely postings. That way it is easy to distinguish the people who only posted in the last two days and to grade accordingly.
You can sort posts to see whether someone else already posted on your issue. For example, the screen capture on the right shows how all of the concepts are grouped together in alphabetical order so you can tell if some has already posted on a concept.
You can sort by
a column by just clicking on the column heading such as the word Thread in
the screen capture. Try it.
FYI: Because Blackboard lets student sort is the reason I asked you to type at the front of the subject line whether you are posting on a concept, etymology, or on a question:
· Concept: If you are providing a longer definition of a concept covered briefly in a Learning Quiz
· Etymology: If you want to provide the root word for the term
· Question: - If you are asking a question about a concept, a question in Learning Quiz, a question in an Evidence Quiz, an item in the Study Guide for the Unit, a statement in one of the Instructor’s links, or anything else you need
If you believe some other type of information will help others, propose it and I’ll add a word for its Subject line here.
Monday through Friday, your instructor usually reads all Learning Discussions each afternoon.
Caution: Check during the 12-14 hours after you post. If you don’t see your posting “published,” do this:
1. Use the instructions above to sort the postings alphabetically to find out if another person has already successfully posted on the concept you tried.
2. If not and you can still post on that concept, follow the directions below to see what your instructor has said to fix.
3. Fix it quickly and resubmit.
1. Go to the Learning Discussion.
2. Look at the right hand corner for the button that says “Display.”
3. Click Show All.
4. You will see your own posts that I have returned to you as well as any published posts
5. Fix your post per the instructions.
6. Click Submit.
The moderated topics close at the time the test opens. In other words, if the Unit’s exams open at 12:00 AM, then the Unit’s Learning Discussion closes at 11:59 PM on the prior day.
The next morning after a discussion ends, I change the settings so you can still read postings but you can't post anymore. That way you can—for example—still use a Unit 1 definition or answer if you need it in Unit 3.