Forum in Moodle 3.5

Forum in Moodle 3.5


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 to do exactly that. To add a forum click the Turn
editing on link from the gear menu top right, then in the section you’d like to
add the forum, 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 once and then clicking Add at the bottom or by
clicking the button twice. 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 ticking 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 instance 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 ? you see the help and you can find out more. There are other 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 your learners to be automatically
subscribed to the forum to automatically receive notification of replies, or do
you want them to be able to choose? Discussion
locking allows you to close the forum if no one has replied after a certain
time. To get started on our forum now we
just need to scroll down and save and return to course. As a teacher if we go into the forum and
add a new discussion topic we can do something students cannot do, and that is
make a forum post sticky by pinning it to the top of the thread. If we click
that option now and post to the forum, you can see what it looks like. Finally it’s useful
to learn a little more about forum subscriptions. Here is the course
discussion forum on a different Moodle site with a different theme. Learners can choose whether to subscribe
to the forum or not; 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 discussions as shown by the
envelope but she’s not subscribed to the bottom discussion. She can subscribe either by clicking the
icon, 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 but this is a setting that is
disabled by default.

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