24 Forum 3.0

24 Forum 3.0


Forum:start discussions. Being able to
discuss our learning with others helps us to progress and Moodle offers several
different types of discussion forums for you as a teacher to enable your learners
is to do exactly that. To add a forum, we click the Turn editing on button in our course or scroll down in the administration
block and click the Turn editing on link. Then in the section would like to add the forum we click Add an activity or resource. We
can add several forums of several different types; we don’t only have to choose one. Clicking Add an activity or resource brings up the activity chooser. Forum is an activity because students interact with it on the Moodle course, and we can add a forum by clicking the
button twice or by clicking it once and then clicking Add at the bottom. There are a lot of settings for the forum
but we only really need to give it a name a description and then to save it. The
name will be what the learners see on the course and the description if you wish may be
displayed by checking the Display description on course page box. We then choose the type of forum we want.
The default is a standard forum which allows anyone to click a button to
add a new discussion topic; however, if you click the drop-down box
there are other types as well for example a single simple discussion
allows for the teacher to start a topic and all the learners can do is respond to that particular topic. if you want to know what the other
forum types are, then clicking the question mark, you see the Help, and you can find out more. There are the
settings which might be worth exploring, for example, you can decide the number
and size of attachments that you wish to allow your learners to attach and you can set a word count which learners will see when they add a forum post. Another important element is
subscription: do you want to learners to be
automatically subscribed to the forum to automatically receive notification of
replies – or do you want them to be able to choose?
We look at this more in a moment but for now, if we want to get started on our forum, we just need to scroll down and click
Save and return to course. And notice that as we add each activity or resource, they have their own icons. Different
themes have different icons and this is a quick way of allowing learners to see the kind of
activity that they going to do. finally it’s useful to learn a little
more about forum subscriptions. Here is a course discussion forum on a
different Moodle site with a different theme. Learners can choose whether to
subscribe to the forum or not but they can also choose whether to
subscribe to individual discussion threads or not and therefore get notifications of any replies. Our participant here is already subscribed
to the top discussion as shown by the envelope but she’s not
subscribed to the bottom discussion as shown by the dot. She can subscribe either by clicking the dot or when she goes into the discussion
she can subscribe from the link at the top and she can also set her notification
preferences when replying to the discussion If the site administrator has enabled it, she can also reply to the
forum posts by email. This is a setting that is disabled by
default.

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