In this video we’re going to take a look at the different kinds of forums available in Moodle 2. What you are looking at right now is an example of a Standard forum for general use. In the textbox at the top is the Introductory text that the instructor added when the forum was created Below that is a button that says “add new discussion topic”. This is what students would click on to add a new thread in this discussion. Anyone can add any number of threads in this discussion and if you look through the list, you’ll see that in fact Elizabeth Blackwell has already started two different threads you’ll notice that this table tells us the name of the thread or the subject of the thread, who started it, how many replies there have been so far, and who actually did the last post. If we click on the subject of the thread we’ll be taken to the discussion board where the the discussion is taking place, and I’m going to scroll down and show you what it looks like Because I’m logged in as the instructor you’ll see that I also have the ability to rate this because this is a graded forum also, to edit, delete, export to portfolio and I also have this option that I can download the entire discussion board. What i’m going to do I can either send it to google docs, or I can do this as a file download. And, if I select file download and click “export whole discussions” you’ll see that I have some export formats that I can choose. I can choose to display this particular thread in this forum in different ways. I can display the oldest first, the newest first, I can display this in a threaded format, or a nested format I currently have it in the nested format. And, I can move this particular discussion to a different forum if I needed to. So if this seemed a little bit out of place, that the students were getting into a subject where this might be better in another forum, I could move this whole thread where this might be better in another forum, I could move the whole thread over to to a different forum So, again, this is the example of a Standard forum for general use. For the remainder of this video, I’m going to show you forums from the students’ perspective. I’m currently logged in as a student, and I’m going to go to this discussion we just looked at. What you’ll notice is that as a student, I do not have the option to export the entire forum, nor do I have the option to move this thread to a different discussion forum. I do, however, have the option to change the way it displays for me. What you’ll notice is that I’m logged in as Marie Currie and so, wherever I have a posting I have the ability to export my posting to my portfolio. I do not have the ability to export someone else’s posting to my portfolio I can reply, and I can see the parent discussion. Okay, so this is a Standard forum for general use, and this is one thread in it. So, this is what it looks like. I’m going to go back to my course, and this time I’m going to look at an example of a Single simple discussion. You’ll notice that when I clicked on the link to the forum, I wasn’t taken to an area where there were threads or a button I was taken to an area where all of the postings are on one page. The first posting is the introductory text that the faculty member used when they first created the forum, and that becomes the first post in the forum to which everyone can reply. Even though the title of their post might change, they’re not actually changing the thread itself, because there is only one discussion going on in this forum. I can export, again, any of my postings to my portfolio, and I can reply to any of the postings in here. I just can not start a new thread. Okay, let’s go back Next we’re going to look at an example of the Q & A Forum. In the Q & A forum, what you’ll notice is that the introductory text is in the textbook at the top here. This is the introductory text that the faculty member entered when they created the forum. There is no button to reply or to start a thread, however I notice there are threads started. These were started by the faculty member and they are questions that I must answer. In this particular forum questions are asked and students can reply to the questions, but the trick is that they can not see any of the replies until they themselves post. So, let’s see how this looks I’m going to click on question 1. And question 1 you’ll notice that right away it shows me that there are three replies, but I can not read any of them. In order to see the responses to this question, I have to first post my answer. So, I’m going to select reply to answer to the question and I’ll put in my reply and then, I’m going to click “Post to forum” Now notice it says that my post was added successfully and I have 30 minutes with which to change it. Now that’s a setting, set by the administrator, for this Moodle If it was ten minutes, it would be ten minutes. But, what you’ll notice is that I still can not read these answers. And, that’s because I still have 30 minutes in which I could change my answer And so, it wouldn’t be a good idea if I could see the answers and then I could change my posting. So, I’ll be able to see them after 30 minutes. Now, we’re going to look at another forum. This one is called a Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format. In this forum, you’ll notice that the introductory text is again at the top. There’s a button that allows me to add a new topic for discussion. Instead of displaying in a table, with the subjects of the discussion just as a link, you’ll notice that the subject title displays with the author, and the date, and the time it was posted, and beneath that is the first few lines of text in the post. It also tells me how many words are in the post. And it tells me whether anyone has replied so far. So I can read the rest of this topic and I can post comments to this blog-like post. If I choose to. Then, I can read the next one the same way. So this is the discussion forum called Standard forum in a blog-like format. Students can add as many new topics as they want. All right, now we’re going to go back to our course page, and we’re going to look at the last one here which is Each person posts one discussion. You’ll notice that this looks very much like the Standard forum that we looked at first. The introductory text is in the textbox at the top. What you’ll notice is that there is no button to post another thread. That’s because I’m currently logged in as Elizabeth Blackwell, and she has already started a discussion. So, Elizabeth can not create another thread. She can, however, reply to threads in the discussion. She can click on Albert’s and she can reply to Albert’s as you can see. And, other individuals postings. However, she can not start a new thread. If she had not previously posted, she would have the button to start a new thread, so let’s log in as one of the students who had not already posted and we can see how this looks from their perspective. I am now logged in as Marie Currie. Marie has not previously added a discussion topic, and so she does have the button. One of the ways or reasons you might use a forum like this is for student’s to introduce themselves. Or, when you want them to only post one main posting and then reply to two other postings. This eliminates the possibility that they might start a new thread by accident. So, in this case, Marie could click the add a new discussion topic, she could add a subject, and a message Again, she has 30 minutes to edited it, to make changes if she wants to. You can see that she was able to post a thread here. But now she no longer has the button that allows her to post another threaded discussion. So, that was a complete look at forums in Moodle. Thank you for your time and attention.