Add a Discussion Board

Add a Discussion Board

BrainHoney allows you to create discussion boards that can be graded, as well as non-graded discussion boards.

All additions to the course are made in the Syllabus window.


In the unit section of the Syllabus to which you want to add the discussion board, click the Add button, and click Discussion Board.


Add a title to the discussion board.


Add an attachment, if desired.


Add a description to display in the course viewer as an introduction to the discussion board, including any instructions or rules for the discussion board.


Click in the Due date and time box and then click a date to select a due date for the assignment. You may also specify a time. The due date will prompt the student on the student’s home page as the date approaches.

You can also decide if you want to allow late submissions or use a grace period, specified in days, hours, or minutes. This will give students some leeway in turning in their assignment.


If the discussion board will be graded, click to place a check in the Add to Gradebook checkbox.

The first option allows you to select which Category the discussion board will appear in. The default category for any course is "Include." You can also select a relative weight in that category. If you want the discussion board to be worth more, then specify a high percentage in the weight text box. If you simply want the assignment to be worth extra credit, just select the Extra Credit check box. Extra credit in BrainHoney works in much the same way that it would in a normal classroom. Only students who complete the assignemt and receive a score will receive credit for their work. All other students will not be penalized.

You can select a specific type of score entry. Options for the Score Entry include: Points, Rubric, Percentage, and Letter Grade. A grading scale for the assignment can also be specified, depending no how much you want to scale the specific assignment.

If selected, the checkbox for Restrict Score Visibility by Date will limit students from seeing their grade on the assignment until the specified date has passed.

Each of the following options can be selected or deselected to customize the specific discussion board:

  • Score can be Dropped: Teachers and TA's can drop specific scores for students in the gradebook.
  • Include in Final Grade: This assignment and the grade that each student receives will automatically be included in the final grade.
  • Passing Score Required for Course Credit: Students must pass this assignment in order to receive credit for the course. If this box is checked and a student fails to pass the assignment, their final grade will show a "0%" until the assignment is passed.
  • Treat Unscored as Zero: Selecting this option will automatically assign students a "0%" grade on this assignment when the final grades for the course are submitted if the student has failed to submit anything.
  • Enable External Grading: A feature that, with the proper setup, allows random assignments to be sent to external graders. This allows school administrators to check the grades of the external graders against the grades the teachers are giving their students.

If you want to specify a passing score for the assignment, simply enter that score in the Passing Score box. Alternatively, you can specify the Minimum Points Possible on the assignment.


There are several other options that teachers can set for each discussion board in the course:

  1. They can choose whether or not to allow students to edit their own posts. This option is checked by default.
  2. They can choose wether or not to allow instructors to delete posts. This option is also checked by default.
  3. They can decide whether or not this discussion board will be a non-threaded discussion.
  4. Finally, they can decide whether or not students will be able to create their own thread. This option is new to the May 2012 release of BrainHoney. It is also checked by default.


In the Visibility and Completion section, there are several options that you can choose for the file or website. You can decide whether or not you want teachers to see the file by allowing it to be visible in the table of contents. You can also similarly decide if you want students to be able to see the file. These options are checked by default.

You can also decide to restrict the visibility by the date or objective mastery. If either of these options are checked, you will need to define the date and/or objective set that will be required for the student to view the file.

You can also decide to set a password for the file. If you choose to specifiy a password, you will have to manually inform your students what the password for the file is.

In the Completion section, you can decide on the criteria that will determine whether or not the student has completed the file. There are several options in the drop down list to choose from:

  • Views this activity for a specified time
  • Submits a post to this activity
  • Achieves a passing score on this activity
Depending on your selection, you can specify a required number of minutes to view the file. You can also decide whether or not this file is optional to complete for the student.


All the objectives for this section of the syllabus are selected for this activity by default. Review the objectives to ensure that they apply to the assignment. If any do not apply, click to place a check in the Refine Objectives box, and then remove the check from any objectives that do not apply.


If you need to manually alter the item ID for the file, then you can do so by clicking the Change Item ID link in the Placement and Navigation section. However, in general, you should never manually change the item ID.


Review and specify any other options. When you are ready to create the discussion board, click Done.


When posting to discussion boards, there are several options only available to teachers and administrators:

Teachers can choose whether or not to allow the entire class or just a single group to see a post by checking "Visible to entire class."

BrainHoney also supports posting discussion entries which will be automatically propagated to derivative courses. Updates and deletes to the entries in the Master Course will also be reflected in the derivatives.
Permanent Posts cannot not created in the BrainHoney User Interface. To create a “Permanent Post”, see the BrainHoney DLAP API Guide for how to use the PutMessage command to create an entry with the GroupID set to “(Initial)”.