Introduction to Discussion Boards
Discussion Board / Bulletin Board - it's the same thing...
Many of the instructors use discussion groups in their online courses. In fact, your first assignment may be to post something to a discussion board about yourself and why you are taking the class. Don't be shy! The next section, 'Netiquette' will familiarize you with some do's and don't of online discussion.
You may be graded for class participation by your use of the discussion group. Besides, it's a great way to talk with the other students you may seldom, if ever, meet. You may be required to post once or twice a week, so get acquainted with how it works!
A discussion board is also called a bulletin board or forum. One person will start a discussion subject, also called a thread, and others will reply to it. New discussion subjects can be posted at any time. Online discussions can get quite lively!
Unlike 'chatting', which takes place in real time, items can be posted to a discussion board at separate times. The date and time are noted, so you can see when the comment was made creating a record of the discussion.