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Completing a Discussion Board Activity

Follow the instructions below to complete a discussion board activity in Brightspace.

Submitting a Discussion Board Response

  1. Open the week’s discussion board topic. 
  2. Review the provided instructions and linked rubric. 
  3. Click the Start a New Thread button
  4. Title your post Week # Discussion Board_FirstNameLastName
  5. Paste in your pre-written text or compose your response in the text box.
  6. Edit, format, and add attachments or hyperlinks using the buttons shown below.

  7. Click Post.


  • Once posted, your discussion board response cannot be edited. You can only delete a response if there have been no replies to it. 
  • Discussion board responses are generally due on Wednesdays. Check your course’s calendar for specific deadlines. 

Posting Peer Responses

  1. Click the hyperlinked title of a peer’s discussion board post.
  2. Click the Reply to Thread button.
  3. Type your response.
    • Review this guide on how to format your text and include links, video responses, or other attachments.
  4. Click Post.


  • It is best practice to begin your reply by using your peer’s name and sign off with your name at the end of your reply.
  • Peer responses are generally due on Fridays. Check your course’s calendar for specific deadlines. 

Including a Video Recording in a Discussion Board Response

Option 1: Submit a link to a video created through your preferred video recording tool. 

  1. Record a video using your preferred tool. 
  2. Include a shareable link to your video somewhere in your discussion board response.
    • Make sure your video is set so anyone with the link can view it.
  3. Post your discussion board response.

Option 2: Use Brightspace’s video note tool to record and attach a video directly in Brightspace.

  1. Click the Insert Stuff button in the menu at the top of the response text box.
  2. Select Add Video Note.
  3. When you are ready to record, click the blue New Recording button.
  4. To end your recording, click Stop Recording
  5. Click Next and follow the remaining prompts to insert the recording into your discussion board response or assignment.
  6. Post your discussion board response or Submit your assignment.

For additional assistance, please watch this short video: 

Can I edit my discussion board post?

No, you cannot edit a submitted discussion board response. However, as long as no one has yet replied to your post, you can delete it and resubmit.

To delete a post, click the down arrow next to your post and select Delete Thread, as depicted below.

If someone has already replied to your post, you can add a thread to your original post to provide more information or a correction.