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Quick Start Primer Guides: Students, Instructors & TAs

General Information

Overview

MessageBoard allows you to create web-based forums to facilitate collaboration and communication in classes, research groups and more.

Prepare your students: MessageBoard primer

If you will be using MessageBoard in your class, you can help prepare your students with the MessageBoard primer. The primer is a one-page document that is ideal for printing and distributing to your students in class, or linking to from your class website!

image of MessageBoard primer

Download the MessageBoard primer (pdf, 44 KB)

The MessageBoard primer tells your students:

  • What MessageBoard is
  • Why MessageBoard is a helpful tool
  • How to access MessageBoard
  • How to post a message
  • Where to find more help

Using MessageBoard

Access MessageBoard

Access MessageBoard from MyEEE:

  1. Sign in to EEE and go to your MyEEE page.
  2. Click MessageBoard by the appropriate class.
    image of messageboards in module
You should now be in MessageBoard.

Access MessageBoard from the ToolBox:

  1. Sign in to EEE.
  2. Click ToolBox.
    image of toolbox link
  3. Click MessageBoard.
    image of MessageBoard link
You should now be in MessageBoard.

Create a message board

Create a message board:

  1. Press Create New Message Board.
    image of create new message board button
  2. Fill in participant and access settings:
    • Name
    • Participating Classes
    • Participating Individuals
    • Access Control
    • Password
    • Web Address
  3. Click Next ».
  4. Select administrators and click Next ».
  5. Press Create Message Board after checking your settings.
    image of create message board button
Your message board should now be created.

Edit a message board

Edit a message board:

  1. Click Edit Settings by the appropriate message board.
    image of settings link
  2. Modify any desired settings.
  3. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes
Your settings should now be saved.

Copy a message board

You can make a copy of a message board's structure (forums) and settings in order to use it as a template for a new message board.

Copy a message board

  1. Press Copy a Message Board.
    image of copy new message board button
  2. Choose the message board you would like to copy.
  3. Press Next ».
  4. Choose one or more courses to associate with the new copy.
    If you select multiple courses, you can also choose whether to make a single copy associated with all the selected courses, or a separate copy for each course.
  5. Press Next ».
  6. Choose a name for the new message board(s).
  7. Press Next ».
  8. Press Copy Now.
The selected message board should now be copied, creating one or more message boards with the same forums and settings as the original.

Password protect a message board

Password protect a new message board:

  1. Press Create New Message Board.
    image of create new message board
  2. Enter in the required information.
  3. Select "Require a password:" and enter a password in.
  4. Press Next ».
  5. Press Next ».
  6. Press Create Message Board.
    image of create message board button
Your message board should now be created and password protected.

Password protect an existing message board:

  1. Click Edit Settings.
    image of settings link
  2. Click Edit next to "Participants & Access."
    image of edit link
  3. Select "Require a password:" and enter a password in.
  4. Press Next ».
  5. Press Next ».
  6. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
Your message board should now be password protected.

Add individuals to a message board

Add individuals to a new message board:

  1. Press Create New Message Board.
    image of create new message board
  2. Enter the individual(s)' UCInetID(s) into the participants field.
  3. Press Next ».
  4. Press Next ».
  5. Press Create Message Board.
    image of create message board button
The message board should now be created with the desired individuals added as participants.

Add individuals to an existing message board:

  1. Click Edit Settings.
    image of edit settings link
  2. Click Edit.
    image of edit link
  3. Enter the individual(s)' UCInetID(s) into the participants field.
  4. Press Next ».
  5. Press Next ».
  6. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
The desired individuals should now be added to the message board.

Delete a message board

Delete a message board:

  1. Click Delete by the appropriate message board.
    image of delete link
  2. Double-check to ensure you are deleting the correct message board.
    Deleted message boards and their contents cannot be recovered.
  3. Press
    • Yes, delete message board & all content — If you are sure that you wish to delete this message board.
      image of yes.... button
    • No, make forums admin-only instead — If you wish to make it so that only administrators have access to the message board.
      image of no.... button
    • Cancel — If you wish to do nothing, and return to the previous screen.
The desired action should now have taken place.

Managing Message Boards

Add a forum

Add a forum:

  1. Press Add New Forum.
    image of add new forum button
  2. Fill in the name and a description of the forum.
  3. Press
    • Save & Add Another — If you would like to save the current forum and add another forum.
      image of save and add another button
    • Save & Done — If you would like to save the forum and return to the previous page.
      image of save and done button
    • Cancel — To return to the previous page without doing anything.
The new forum(s) should now be added.

Edit a forum

Edit a forum:

  1. Click Settings by the appropriate forum.
    image of settings link
  2. Modify the desired settings.
  3. Press Save & Done.
    image of save changes button
The desired changes should now be applied to your forum.

Password protect a forum

Password protect a forum

  1. Add or edit a forum.
  2. Click Advanced Options.
    image of advanced options
  3. Select "Require a Password:" and enter a password in.
  4. Press Save & Done.
    image of save and done button
Your forum should be saved and password protected

Restrict a forum

Restrict a forum:

  1. Add or edit a forum.
  2. Click Advanced Options.
    image of show advanced options link
  3. Select 'Restricted' in the "Posting & Viewing Permissions."
  4. Press Save & Done.
    image of save and done button
The desired forum should now be restricted.

Moderate a forum

You can enable moderation options to approve or reject forum posts before they are visible to forum participants. All new posts will enter a queue from which you can approve or reject posts individually or in bulk.

Enable or disable moderation for a forum:

  1. Go to the forum you wish to enable or disable moderation.
  2. Press Edit Forum Settings.
    image of edit forum settings button
  3. Select in "Moderation Options":
    • Unmoderated — To disable moderation for all new posts.
    • Moderated — To enable moderation for all new posts.
      image of moderation toggle
  4. Press Save & Done.
    image of save and done button
The forum should now have moderation enabled or disabled, depending on your selection.

Approve or reject pending threads:

  1. Go to the forum you wish to moderate.
  2. Click Pending Threads.
    image of pending threads tab
  3. Approve or reject new threads by:
    • Click Approve or Reject next to a thread.
      image of approve and reject links
    • Press Approve All or Reject All to approve or reject all threads in the queue. Then confirm your action by pressing the Yes, a/r button in the popup confirmation.
      image of approve all and reject all buttons
    • Click "View" next to a thread to view its contents. After reading, press Approve or Reject to approve or reject the thread.
      image of approve reject links in a thread
The thread should now be visible by forum participants, or should now be rejected and removed from the pending threads queue.

Approve or reject pending replies to a thread:

  1. Go to the forum you wish to moderate.
  2. Click "Moderate" next to the thread with the replies you wish to moderate.
    image of moderate reply link
  3. Approve or reject new replies by clicking Approve or Reject next to a reply to approve or reject it.
    image of approve and reject links
The reply should now be visible by forum participants, or should now be rejected and removed from the pending replies queue.

Viewed rejected threads:

  1. Go to the forum you wish to moderate.
  2. Click Rejected Threads.
    image of rejected threads tab
  3. Click "View" to view a thread.
    image of view link for a rejected thread
  4. Press Approve to approve the post or return to the list by clicking the Rejected Threads tab.
You should now have viewed the rejected threads.

Add individuals to a restricted forum:

Add individuals to a restricted forum:

  1. Add or edit a forum.
  2. Click Advanced Options.
    image of show advanced options
  3. Click Add / Edit to edit the list of allowed peopled.
    image of add / edit link
  4. Select members that you wish to add to the allowed individuals.
  5. Press Add Selected.
    image of add selected button
The individuals should now be added.

Delete a forum

Delete a forum:

  1. Check the box(es) to the left of the forum(s) you wish to delete.
  2. Press Delete Selected.
    image of delete link
  3. Double-check to ensure you are deleting the correct forum(s).
    Deleted forums and their contents cannot be recovered.
  4. Press
    • Yes, delete forum & all posts — To delete the forum and all of its content.
      image of yes... button
    • No, make forum admin-only instead — To keep the forum but only allow administrators to have access.
      image of no... button
    • Cancel — To return to the previous page without doing anything.
The desired action should have now been made.

Track user participation

Track user participation:

  1. Click User Tracking.
    image of user tracking
  2. Each individual associated with a message board will be shown here.

Change columns:

  1. Press Column Options.
    image of change column
  2. Select which columns you want displayed.
  3. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
The columns should now be successfully changed.

For a detailed explanation of column options, see Column options.

Filter users:

  1. Press Manage Filters.
    image of filter button
  2. Select the desired criteria for the filter.
  3. Press Save Changes.
    imave of save changes button
The filter should now be changed.

For a detailed explanation of filter options, see Manage filters.

Manage anonymous posting on a forum

A forum can be set to be either Identified, Anonymous, or Hidden Identity.

  • In an Identified board, posters have their names shown with each post they make.
  • In an Anonymous board, posters can have their names hidden on each post.
  • In a Hidden Identity board, posters can choose to have their names shown or hidden to other members of the forum. MessageBoard administrators will still see the name of each poster.

Make a forum anonymous:

  1. Add or edit a forum.
  2. Click Advanced Options.
    image of show advanced options
  3. Check Anonymous.
The forum should now be set to anonymous posting.

Make a forum with hidden identities:

  1. Add or edit a forum.
  2. Click Advanced Options.
    image of show advanced options
  3. Check Hidden Identity.
The forum should now be set to hidden identity posting.

Managing Posts & Threads

Post a new message to start a thread

Post a new message:

  1. Open the message board and forum in which you wish to post your message.
  2. Press Post New Message.
    image of post new button
  3. Enter in body text.
  4. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  5. Press Post New Message.
    image of create a new post
Your post should now be created.

Edit a post

Message board members may edit their own posts for up to 15 minutes after submission. After that, the post is locked and cannot be edited. However, message board administrators can delete posts at any time. Editing a post may only be done on a forum that is not moderated.

Edit a post:

  1. Find the post you wish to edit.
  2. Click Edit my post.
    image of edit post link
  3. Edit your post's title, content, and settings as needed.
  4. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  5. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
Your post should now be edited.

Lock a thread

Locking a thread makes it so that only other administrators are allowed to post replies in the thread. You can lock a new or an already existing thread.

Lock an existing thread:

  1. Press Thread Options next to the appropriate thread.
    image of thread options
  2. Select "Lock Thread."
  3. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
The thread should now be locked.

Lock a new thread:

  1. Press Create New Thread.
    image of create new thread button
  2. Enter in a title and body text.
  3. Click File Uploads & Settings.
    image of file uploads & settings link
  4. Select "Lock thread."
  5. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  6. Press Create Post.
    image of create post button
The thread should now be locked.

Mark a thread as important

Making a thread important will make it appear above other threads in that forum. You can make a new thread, or an existing thread important.

Mark an existing thread as important:

  1. Press Thread Options next to the appropriate thread.
    image of thread options
  2. Select "Mark thread as important."
  3. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
The thread should now be marked as important.

Mark a new thread as important:

  1. Press Create New Thread.
    image of create new thread button
  2. Enter in a title and body text.
  3. Click File Uploads & Settings.
    image of file uploads & settings link
  4. Select "Mark thread as important."
  5. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  6. Press Create Post.
    image of create post button
The thread should now be marked as important.

Delete a thread

Delete a thread:

  1. Find the thread you wish to delete.
  2. Click Delete thread.
    delete thread link
  3. Double-check to ensure you are deleting the correct thread(s)
    Deleted threads and their contents cannot be recovered.
  4. Press
    • Yes, Delete thread — To permanently delete the thread.
      image of yes... button
    • No, do not delete — To return to the previous page.
      image of no... button
The thread should now be deleted.

Post a reply to an earlier message

Post reply to an earlier message:

  1. Open the message board and forum in which you wish to post your message.
  2. Click to view the post you want to rely to.
  3. Press Post a Reply.
    image of reply button
  4. Enter a title and body text.
  5. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  6. Press Post New Message.
    image of create a new post
Your post should now be created.

Post a file in a message

Post a file in a message:

  1. Post a new message or a reply to an earlier message.
  2. Click File Uploads & Settings.
    image of file uploads & settings
  3. Press Browse and locate the file.
    image of browse button
  4. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  5. Press Post New Message.
    image of create post button
You should have successfully posted a file.

Post anonymously

A message board's owner may choose to allow anonymous posting. If you wish to post anonymously, but anonymous posting is not available, contact the message board's owner for more information.

Post anonymously:

  1. Post a new message or a reply to an earlier message.
  2. Check Anonymous.
  3. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  4. Press Post New Message.
    image of create post button
You should now have posted anonymously.

Post as hidden

A message board's owner may choose to allow hidden posting. If you wish to post as a hidden user, but hidden posting is not available, contact the message board's owner for more information.

Post as hidden:

  1. Post a new message or a reply to an earlier message.
  2. Check Anonymous.
  3. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  4. Press Post New Message.
    image of create post button
You should now have posted as a hidden user.

Delete a post

Only a board's administrator can delete a post.

Delete a post:

  1. Click Delete post.
    image of delete post link
  2. Double-check to ensure you are deleting the correct post.
    Deleted posts and their contents cannot be recovered.
  3. Press
    • Yes, delete post — if you would like to delete the post.
      image of yes.... button
    • No, do not delete — to return to the previous screen without deleting.
      image of no... button
The post should now be deleted.

View all posts in a forum

  1. Navigate to the forum you wish to view.
  2. Click Expanded.
    image of expanded button
You should now be viewing all posts in the entire forum in an expanded view.

Managing Subscriptions

Subscribe to a board, forum, or thread

You can subscribe to a board, forum or even an individual thread to receive an email notifying you of new posts. There are three different email options: you can receive email notifications every time a post is made, you can receive a daily digest at the end of the day, or you can receive no email. You can edit subscription email options at any time.

Subscribe to a board, forum, or thread:

  1. Open the appropriate board, forum, or thread.
  2. Press Enable next to Email me updates in the upper-right.
    image of enable link
You should now be subscribed to the board, forum, or individual thread you were viewing.

Subscribing to a thread while posting:

  1. Post a new message or a reply to an earlier message.
  2. Enter in a title and content.
  3. Check the "Send me an email when other people post to this thread" box.
  4. Press Preview ».
    image of preview button
  5. Press Create Post.
    image of create post button
Your new message should now be posted and you should be subscribed to the thread.

Edit subscription email options

Edit subscription email options:

  1. Press Manage next to Email me updates in the upper-right.
    image of manage link
  2. Press Email Options.
    image of email options button
  3. Select one of the following:
    • No emails - do not send me any email when posts are made to my subscriptions
    • Digest email - send me a single email daily containing all posts made to my subscriptions (emails sent around 5am)
    • Email per post - send me an email whenever a post is made to my subscriptions
  4. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
Your email options should now be changed.

Unsubscribe from a board, forum, or thread

Unsubscribe from a board, forum, or thread:

  1. Open the appropriate board, forum, or thread.
  2. Press Disable next to Email me updates in the upper-right.
    image of manage link
You should now be unsubscribed from the board, forum, or individual thread you were viewing.

User Tracking

Manage filters

Manage filters:

  1. Click User Tracking.
    image of user tracking tab
  2. Press Manage Filters.
    image of manage filters button
  3. Select people to show
    • Students
    • Participants
    • Instructors
    • Assistant (with administrative access)
    • Other administrators
  4. Select a time period
    • All posts — Select this if you want all posts to be shown regardless of when they were created
    • Only posts created — Select this if you want to narrow down posts to a specific date range
  5. Select number of posts
    • All people — Select this if you want to see posts from everyone, regardless of how many posts they have made
    • Only people who have posted — Select this if you want to specify a minimum or maximum number of posts
  6. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
You should now have applied the selected filters to the User Tracking tab.

Column options

You can modify the columns that appear on the User Tracking tab. Changing these columns will also change what columns are included in Spreadsheet (CSV) and GradeBook-friendly downloads.

Column options:

  1. Click User Tracking.
    image of user tracking tab
  2. Press Column Options.
    image of change columns button
  3. Select which columns you would like to be displayed
    • UCInetID
    • Student ID / Role – Student ID # will only be displayed if the student is enrolled in one of your classes
    • # of posts
    • # of words
    • Average # of words
  4. Press Save Changes.
    image of save changes button
The column options should now be updated.

Gradebook-friendly download

Gradebook-friendly download:

  1. Click User Tracking.
    image of user tracking
  2. Click Downloads & Print Views.
    image of downloads and print views
  3. Click Gradebook-friendly.
    image of gradebook link
  4. Assign points to "Participants" and "Non-participants."
  5. Press Download File.
    image of download file button
  6. Press Done.
    image of done button
You should have downloaded a gradebook-friendly file.

Troubleshooting

UCI Public — Why can't applicants, newly admitted students, or certain others participate?

Only officially enrolled students, staff, faculty, and some alumni are able to login to the EEE website and participate in EEE tools. This means others, including applicants, newly admitted students, individuals using 3rd party IDs, and separated employees cannot login to take surveys or quizzes, participate in signup sheets, et cetera.

If you are not sure whether a particular person or group of people is eligible to use EEE, please feel free to contact us to check before making plans to use a particular tool.

Why am I missing classes?

There are several reasons why classes may be missing. Some of the most common causes are listed below.

Common causes for missing classes:

  • You may be viewing a different quarter on EEE — Switch Quarters
  • Students: You may not be officially enrolled in the class — Student Access
  • Assistants: Your instructor may not have added you in Assistants — Learn More
  • Instructors: Your Department Scheduler may have not added you to the Registrar's Electronic Schedule of Classes (eSOC)

Use the Missing Classes look-up tool to check your status and receive trouble-shooting help.