When you create a discussion forum, Blackboard allows you to set availability dates, but does not provide a way to set a due date. Yet setting a due date is helpful to students since that information appears on their My Grades page for students as well as the Alerts and Needs Attention modules on the home page of the course. (For reasons beyond mere human understanding, Blackboard does not automatically add due dates to the calendar). Fortunately, it is possible to set the due date from the Grade Center column that was created when the graded discussion was created.
A second feature that can be configured for discussions from the Grade Center is the category. By default, graded discussions are placed in a Discussion Board category. If you need to place them into another category for the weighted grade, you must change the category in the Grade Center. While working with the column information, it is a good idea to check to make sure the column is included in your calculations.
Points to Remember
- Setting Due Dates will help students be aware of the what is coming due since these dates appear on both the course home page and the My Grades page.
- Always check to make sure graded discussions are included in calculations and are in the correct category.
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