Set up Conversations on content items

What is it?

Class conversations on content items are like a discussion board in its functionality but are specific to an individual piece of course content

What does it do?

The instructor and students on the module will be able to initiate and respond to the conversation in several ways: by adding text, attaching an image or video, by creating a link or inserting a maths formula. Conversations are also very similar to discussion boards with the key difference being that conversations are attached to an individual item in your course. Items that you can attach conversations to include:

  • Documents 
  • Assignments 
  • Group assignments 
  • Tests 
  • Group tests 
  • Offline submissions 
  • Links to teaching tools 

What should I know?

Step 1: From your course content, select the document you want to create a class conversation by selecting the three dots and select edit.

Screenshot of the Course Content page with the menu open for a document. The option for 'edit' has an arrowing pointing at it from the menu

Step 2: Select the cog wheel to access settings on the top right-hand side

Screenshot of a document in Blackboard open. There is a circle around the settings cog wheel in the top right corner.

Step 3: On Document Settings on the right-hand panel, under details and information, tick Allow Class Conversations and click save when you’re done.

Screenshot of a Blackboard Document with the 'Conversations' settings panel open. There is a circle around the ticked option 'Allow Class Conversations'.

Step 4: On the top right-hand side of the screen, beside the settings cog wheel, a new icon will appear (speech bubble). Select this to find and view participants and respond to the discussion.

Screenshot of Blackboard Conversations open. There is a circle around the icon for conversations at the top of the page.

Note: Once you have opened a class conversation, all students enrolled on to your module will automatically be able to contribute to the discussion.

Updated on 09/09/2021

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