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The [not so] Elusive Discussion Board

by Michael S. Miller, Ed.D. You have just begun taking classes online.   It is the first day of the course and because you are extremely organized and have excellent time management skills, you have finished all of the required reading for the week.   It is time to begin knocking out some of your assignments.   It is likely the first one you will tackle is the discussion board.   You think to yourself, “this should be simple, all I need to do is answer a couple of questions.”   Sure, on the surface, it appears that way; however, the discussion board is about more than just answering the questions provided by the instructor.   This is part of why the discussion board may seem elusive to many students. The policies, procedures, and expectations for the discussion board vary from one school to the next.   That is why it is critical that you (not your professor), are clear about how to begin, this sometimes daunting task.   It is rather common that the professor has directed y