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Posting to Discussion Boards

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Ace your next discussion board post with these helpful guidelines! Many courses require students to post comments and questions about the material in a course discussion board to demonstrate that they understand the material and actually read the assignment. Depending on your professor, these posts may factor into your final grade.

Knowing the general discussion board guidelines can help you post with confidence. You might even start to look forward to posting to a discussion board! Here are some easy-to-use guidelines for your discussion board posts.

Guidelines for Posting to Discussion Board

Remember these basic guidelines when posting to your online course discussion board:

  • Follow the directions: If you are instructed to post a comment, post a comment. If asked to create a question, post a question. Posting something “different” will get your professor to notice you, but in that why can’t students just follow the directions kind of way.
  • Make sure your post is readable: Before submitting, read it aloud to make sure it makes sense.
  • Don’t use shortcuts: Forget about using “ur” in place of your – now is not the time to show off your quick texting skills.
  • Check spelling/grammar: Use proper grammar & use spell check.
  • Ensure a positive, academic tone: Read aloud your post to make sure your tone is friendly and not childish or criticizing.
  • Humor will not help: Now is not the time to add humor. University of Wisconsin-Stout suggests in its online discussion board etiquette that humor can be difficult to convey in text, so make sure everyone realizes when you are trying to be funny. It’s easy for messages to be misinterpreted since there are no physical gestures or voice inflections that accompany the text.
  • Cite references: If you are taking material from a text, cite it. Remember to use quotation marks and a page number when citing a direct quote.
  • Review your syllabus: Most professors share discussion board expectations on their syllabus. Check your course syllabus for what your professor also wants when you post.

We’re sure you have more helpful guidelines for your peers! Share what you’ve learned about posting to discussion boards in the comments below!

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