Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tip #91: Adding Images and Files to Discussion Boards

Tip: Instructors and students should follow these specific guidelines to upload and view attachments in discussion boards due to a current issue affecting discussion board attachments.

Please share the student directions with your classes to ensure that student submissions are viewable.

INSTRUCTORS: Attach a file to a discussion board post.
  1. In a new post, make sure the Visual Editor in the upper right corner of the message box is On.
  2. Select the Attach File icon on the bottom of the message box toolbar.
  3. Select Browse My Computer to retrieve the file or image to attach.

STUDENTS: Attach a file to a discussion board post.
Note: Students should not embed images directly into a post.
  1. In a new discussion board post, type message.
  2. Underneath Attachments, next to Attach File, select Browse My Computer.
  3. A new window will open with files available to attach.
  4. Click Submit to attach the file.
Note: Instructors may need to enable Attach File for students.

INSTRUCTORS: To enable Attach File on discussion boards for students:
  1. Under Control Panel, select Course Tools and Discussion Board.
  2. Click on discussion board that contains the forum to edit.
  3. Click the dropdown menu next to the forum name and select Edit.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find Forum Settings and select Allow File Attachments if the option is not checked.
  5. Click Submit.

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