With a recent update, we’ve uncovered a known Blackboard bug. If a discussion board is unavailable and you attempt to edit or create a posting, you’ll receive a Access Denied message. To get around this error, you have a few options,
- Make the discussion board available, make your changes, then make it unavailable again (if desired).
- If you don’t want the students to post yet or no longer want the forum to be available for students to post to, use the manage option from the pull down and make all of your students readers instead of participants. This will limit the students from making any new postings, while leaving the discussion board available for them to read, review, and learn from their peer’s posts.
- If grading an unavailable discussion board, grade using the option in the pull down or proceed with the previous step making the students readers instead of participants. You’ll then be able to read all the postings in context.