Except for some additional and/or different settings options, the Discussion Board in Blackboard and Forums in NYU Classes are very similar. Within NYU Classes, students’ contributions to discussions can be assigned a point value and sent to the Gradebook.
Note: Instructors who want to hold onto student responses in particular courses should download archives of those discussions from Blackboard. They can then download software known as “bFree: Blackboard Content Extractor,” which can extract Forums and posts found in the Discussion Board. bFree is also useful to extract other forms of content found in Blackboard.
Tip: Students cannot use the Forums tool if you set up Forums without adding any topics. By default students can only post threads in Topics.