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The button functionality, while still available in Blackboard 9.1, does not function as it did in the previous version of Blackboard. The use of buttons also eliminates the ability to reorder the menu items using the new drag and drop features.
To resolve both of these issues it will be necessary to change the button style to text. To change the button style, go to Customization under the Course Management area and select Style. In the Select Menu Style area, select Text. Then select [Submit].
There are two possible reasons for this issue.
If menu items are set to display as buttons, it will be necessary to change the button style to text. To change the button style, go to Customization under the Course Management area and select Style. In the Select Menu Style area, select Text. Then select[Submit].
By default Content Areas that are empty are hidden from the Students.
Blackboard 9.1 automatically hides any menu item that is empty. To reveal menu items that are empty, simply add content to them. Once content is added the option to “Hide Link” becomes available in the Action Link menu for that menu item if you wish to hide the item and show it at a later date.
Adding HTML code to any title field either in menu items or content items is not recommended. This was the case in Blackboard 8 as well. In Blackboard 9.1, however, the extra code breaks functionality such as the drag and drop feature.
This has been reported by a few Instructors and we are still investigating the root cause. What we can tell you is that once Course Availability is set to Yes, these items should appear in the student view.
We will update the User Community on any future findings related to this issue
The Discussion Board is a link on the course menu in the new Blackboard 9.1 template. If you are not using the default course menu, the Discussion Board can be accessed By clicking on Course Tools within the Course Management Area then selecting Discussion Board.
Discussion Forums can also be added to and accessed from within Content Areas. To add a Discussion Forum to a Content Area, go to the Content Area and select Edit ON. On the resulting page, select the Add Interactive Tool button and select Discussion Board. Follow the remaining prompts to create the Discussion Forum and then add it the Content area.
See the Accessing Discussion Boards tutorial for more information.
Yes! The process is called Force Moderation. During the process of creating a forum, select the Force Moderation of Posts check box under Forum Settings.
If the forum has already been created, select the Discussion Forum you wish to modify. Then click the Action Link menu (chevron sign) next to the forum and select Edit. Scroll to Forum Settings and select the Force Moderation of Posts checkbox. Once Moderated, Students will receive messages indicating that their posting was received, but they will be unable to read the messages of their peers until the instructor publishes them.
See the Force Moderation tutorial in the Help Tab under Discussion Board for more information.
Assuming you are enrolled in the course as an Instructor, TA, or Grader there is one primary cause of this Error. When a Discussion Forum is created and set to be graded, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center. If the Instructor goes into the Grade Center and changes the Column name for the Discussion Forum it will break the connection to the Grade Center.
Unfortunately, there is no way to reestablish that connection once it is broken. To proceed, simply create a Grade Column in the Grade Center and manually enter grades into the column.
See the Grading Discussions tutorial and/or the Adding a Grade Column tutorial for additional information.
There are numerous ways to control the availability of a Discussion Forum.
See the Adding Forums tutorial or the Adaptive Release tutorials for more information.
Yes! During the creation of a Discussion Forum, there is an option to Allow members to subscribe to forums. Selecting this option along with the option to Include link to post works quite well. Once Subscriptions are turned on, a Subscribe button will appear in the forum itself. Simply click on the Subscribe button to receive email notifications when someone posts to the forum.
Note: We highly discourage the use of the Include body of post in the email option as it takes the posting outside of the secured Blackboard environment.
See the Adding Forums and the Creating Subscriptions tutorials found in the Help Tab under Discussion Boards for more information