Creating a Forum

Create Forum

1. On your module page, Turn editing on (upper right-hand corner).

2. In the relevant topic section, click Add an activity or resource.

3. Select Forum from the Activities tab.

4. Under the General section, enter a name for the Forum.  In the Description field, enter some text informing students of the purpose or instructions for the activity.

5. Select the forum type from the following options:

Single Simple Discussion - is best used for a single topic. Useful for short, focussed discussions.
Standard forum for general use - is an open forum where students can start a new topic at any time. This is best used for a general-purpose forum.
Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format - is similar to Standard forum for general use however discussions topics are displayed on one page with "Discuss this topic" links.
Each person posts one discussion - Each person can post exactly one new discussion topic and everyone can reply to them. 
Q & A Forum - This forum requires students to post their answers before viewing other students' postings. After the initial posting, students can view and respond to others. 

5. Under Availability, enable and set the Due date (is the date when posting in the forum is due) and cut-off date (is the date when posts will no longer be accepted in the forum).

6. Set the Attachments and word count options:

Set the maximum number of attachments if any and the attachment size for each attachment. Choose whether to display the word count of each post.
Attachments options

7.  Under Subscription and tracking
Subscription mode - determines whether and how students can choose to subscribe to the forum and receive email copies of each post. Select from the following options:

Optional - Students can choose whether to be subscribed or not. This option is not recommended.
Forced Subscription - Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe
Auto subscription - Everyone is initially subscribed and subsequently can choose to unsubscribe at any time
Subscription disabled - Subscription is disabled

Read tracking - If set to optional, participants can track read and unread posts in the forum. If set to off, then read and unread posts are not tracked.

8. Discussions may be automatically locked after a specified time has elapsed since the last reply. 

9. You may also limit the number of posts students can make in a period of time by setting the Time period for blocking. 

10. The rest of the settings can be left as default. If you are using the group function. you may indicate this under common module settings.


Last modified: Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 12:43 PM