In a content area (eg. Module Activities) click 'Tools, Discussion Board'.
Go into the Discussion Board and create a new Thread for your students to reply to. (As students are unlikely to engage without an opening thread)
Access the Discussion Board tool from 'Site Management, Site Tools, Discussion Board'.
This area gives an overview of all discussions within the Module site.
The tutor can view all Forums.
Clicking on the number beneath 'Unread posts' or Replies takes you directly to the student posts.
Clicking on a forum title displays the forum threads.
Click on the link to the Discussion Board, this displays the individual discussion threads within the forum
Instructors can reply to individual posts from within the Thread.