Hierarchical Board Organization

An Example Board Structure
An Example Board Structure

The Gong system employs a tree structure in managing the discussion boards in the system. For example a Gong discussion board can be created for a course as a parent board while tutorial groups can be created as a sub-board under the course. If we have a course called "Computer" and there are two tutorial groups "Group 1" and "Group 2", the board structure displayed in the system would be:

Example Course

The Board Selection Interface
The Board Selection Interface

To give flexibility to the users this structure can be modified by authorized users (for example teachers or administrators) in the same interface for selecting a discussion board. He/she can also assign different users or groups to the board for access control.

The access permission of the boards is clearly displayed, for example:

Fully Accessible Fully Accessible Board
Read-Only Read-Only Board
No Permission Board Without Permission

Board List Display

The Board List Displayed Side-by-side with the Currently Selected Board
The Board List Displayed Side-by-side with
the Currently Selected Board

The board structure can also be shown side-by-side with the messages in a board. This enables a quick change of selected board without the need to switch to the board selection interface. For example, in the image on the right a user can switch between the boards under "Story Telling & Songs" quickly by selecting the name of the board on the left. The messages in the board are then immediately shown on the right.

If you do not want to show the board structure you can always hide it by changing the board settings.