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Online Learning at CWU: Student Tutorials

Using the Discussion board

The Discussion Board is designed for asynchronous use, meaning students and instructors do not have to be online at the same time to have a conversation. Conversations are grouped into threads that contain a main posting and all related replies for easy retrieval.

  1. Log on to and click on your course.

  2. Click the Communication link in the navigation menu. Your instructor may have also added a Discussion Board link in the navigation menu that will take you directly to the forums.

  3. Click the Discussion Boards link. -return to top-

  4. Once you click on the Discussion Boards link all forums are displayed. In this example two forums are listed, Virtual Cafe and US: Bill of Rights. Notice there are 3 messages in the Virtual Cafe forum and all are new (or unread). -return to top-

  5. To access a forum click the topic link.

  6. All threads in the forum are displayed. To read a thread click on the appropriate subject link. -return to top-

  7. After clicking on the subject link, the message is displayed.-return to top-

  8. To read the messages in a thread, click the Next Message icon, as in the example figure below.

  9. After reading any message you can reply to it by clicking the Reply button. -return to top-

  10. Feedback information is displayed.

  11. When your message is complete, scroll down and click the Submit button. -return to top-

  12. Your new message is now displayed.

    If you have any questions or comments, please call (509) 963-1224, or email: -return to top-

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