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Moodle Help & Support
This refers to Moodle 3.8 from September 2020 onward
Using forums to engage students in online learning
How to add a forum
Creating activities: How to create a forum
Step by step
- Navigate to your module and click on the 'Turn editing on' icon in the top right
- In the relevant topic/section, click Add an activity or resource
- A window will appear. Scroll down through activities and select the radio button for 'Forum' and then click 'Add'
4. Give the forum a "Name" and "Description". (The Description is where the instructions or guidelines will go, or, for Single Simple Discussion, this will be the first post)
5. Select the "Forum type" you want.
There are 5 types of discussion forums (in addition to the special Announcements forum, see above)
- 'A single simple discussion': this is a forum with only one topic. Users can only reply to the original topic (and to replies) not create new topics. The Description will be the first post.
- 'Each person posts one discussion': handy for class introductions, each user can only post one discussion topic (replies are not limited).
- 'Q and A forum': this forum allows you to post a question (or questions) and students must reply with their answers first before seeing other student responses.
- 'Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format'
- 'Standard forum for general use': anyone can post new topics/subjects and reply to this forum.
6. Click the arrow next to "Subscription and tracking" to expand this section. In "Subscription mode" choose which subscription option you want
The options available are:
- 'Optional subscription': users aren’t subscribed (don’t get email alerts) but can choose to be
- 'Forced subscription': users automatically get update alerts and cannot unsubscribe
- 'Auto subscription': means users start with a subscription but may choose to disable it – OFTEN A GOOD CHOICE
- 'Subscription disabled': it is never possible to get alerts
7. Click 'Save and return to module' or 'Save and Display'
8. When you have finished, click on the 'Turn editing off' button on the top right of your main Moodle page
Posting messages in the forum
For any type of forum - except Single simple discussion (where the Description is the first post) - you can now go into the forum and start posting messages.
- Click into the forum. You will know it is a forum as it has the 'Forum' icon by the title
- Click on the 'Add a new discussion topic' button
3. In the posting window enter a "Subject" and "Message"
4. Add any attachments if appropriate (up to 2 MB in size) by clicking on Advanced and uploading a file to the "Attachment" section
5. When you are ready, click on the 'Post to forum' button
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