One of the new features in Blackboard Learn 9.1 Discussion Boards Forum Settings is the ability to allow users to Subscribe to a Discussion Board by thread or forum. The subscribe option is for students or instructors to receive an email when new postings are posted in a forum or thread. The email could include the body of the post or just a link to the post in the email, depending on the settings selected.
The subscribe feature could be an excellent setting to utilize in an “Ask Your Professor” forum for the instructor to receive an email when students post new questions. Another use would be for students to utilize in an instructor’s “Tips, Tricks, & Additional Resources” forum to be notified when new information is posted. Depending on how postings are done in your discussion forum, students who have individual threads for each of their own original postings might want to have the ability to subscribe to their own thread to know when another student replies to them.
Note: You will receive an email for each individual posting in the discussion thread or forum you have subscribed to in that course.