Discussion boards in online courses take the place of face-to-face conversation in a traditional classroom. Virtually every online course utilizes discussion boards and, in most cases, they are an integral part of your grade. If you are assigned work in a discussion forum, you can expect to create a post of your own as well as read and reply to your classmates’ posts. The video linked below provides several tips and tricks to help you navigate forums as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The video below is a fantastic primer on the purpose of discussion boards.