Moodle Help & Support (Student)

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This refers to Moodle 3.11 from September 2022 onwards  

How can I see when new items are added to a forum in my module?

If this has been enabled by the module creator, you can set Moodle to mark new forum posts for you:

  1. Go to your Dashboard by clicking the University logo on the top left of every page in Moodle
  2. Open your personal menu  (the down arrow next to your name at the top right) and click 'Preferences'

Personal menu

3. Click Forum preferences

4. Under "Forum tracking" ensure it is set to 'Yes: highlight new posts for me'

5. When you have made these changes, click on the Save changes button

Forum tracking options

You can now see new posts highlighted in a number of ways, for example:

On the main module page:

New unread post notification on main module page

In the forum:

New unread post notification in forum

The post itself is highlighted:

Highlighted unread forum post

To ensure you're subscribed to a particular forum:

In the relevant forum:

  1. Click the Cogwheel at the top right of the forum and
  2. click "Subscribe to this forum".

Forum preferences

To receive an email every time someone posts

This means that you will receive an email (either every time someone posts or once a day, depending on your profile settings)

  1. Click your name (top right of the Moodle page) to drop down your personal menu and then Preferences
  2. Select Forum preferences
  3. "Forum auto-subscribe" should be set to 'Yes: when I post, subscribe me to that forum'

Forum preferences options

4. "Forum tracking" should be set to 'Yes: Highlight new posts for me'

Forum tracking options

5. When you have completed any changes, click 'Save changes' button.

Save changes and Cancel buttons

See other Help pages about Forums