Discussion Boards: Valuable? Overused? On: April 24, 2019 By: paulsisler New approaches to discussion boards aim for dynamic online learning experiencesDiscussion boards have been a staple of online courses for decades. But Carolyn Speer, manager of instructional design and access at Wichita State University, thinks many instructors default to using them incorrectly. Instructors often kick off a discussion board assignment by asking each student to respond to an assigned reading.