In this video we will look at the Moodle forum, and how to add one to your course. There are several types of forum available as well as the special News Forum. The News Forum is added automatically to every course. Only editing teachers can post to the News Forum. This is where general news and announcements will be posted and by default has forced subscription. This means all users in the course receive a notification when a new post is made. Notice as a student there is no button to add a new topic, and no reply link when viewing a post. A Single Simple Discussion is a forum where the teacher begins a single focussed topic. Discussion occurs by replying to this initial topic. Because there is only one topic in this forum, a single simple discussion is not compatible with group mode. A Standard Forum for General Use is an open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time and can reply to any other post. Discussion topics are displayed in a table with the subject, who started it, how many replies it’s had and when the last post was made. A Standard Forum Displayed in Blog-like Format is another open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time, and can reply to other’s posts. A snippet of each topic is displayed in the forum’s main page instead of the normal table. Users need to click ‘Discuss this topic’ to view the full post and to reply. A forum where Each Person posts one Discussion is just that, each user (including the teacher) has the ability to post one new discussion topic. Once the user has posted their topic. In this case, an introduction… They lose the ability to add a new topic. Anyone can reply to other posts, including their own. A Q & A Forum (or Question and Answer Forum) uses the discussion topic as a posed question. With this type of forum, students must reply with their own answer and wait for the editing time to pass before seeing other students’ replies. Once the editing time has past, the student will be able to see other replies. When a teacher views a Q & A Forum, they can always see all replies. Adding a forum. To add any resource or activity Turn Editing On. Click the ‘Add an activity or resource’ link in the section you would like the forum to display. Select ‘Forum’ from the Activity Chooser click the ‘Add’ button Provide a name for your forum. The name appears as a link on the main course page, this is the link students click to enter the forum. Add instructions for your students in the Description field. You can choose to display the description on the course page along with the name by checking the box: ‘Display description on course page’. Choose the forum type from the drop down provided. Remember if you are unsure of any of these types, click the question mark (?) to learn more. In the ‘Attachments and word count’ section you can specify the maximum size per attachment and the number of attachments each post can have. It is possible to display the word count on each post, to do this choose “Yes” for ‘Display word count’. In the ‘Subscription and tracking’ section you can configure the subscription mode and determine if any unread posts are highlighted. Subscription mode options are, “Optional” “Optional” – a user can choose to be subscribed via a link in the Settings menu for the forum, or when posting to that forum. “Forced subscription” – students are forced to receive notification and can not un-subscribe, “Auto subscription” – everyone is initially subscribed but may choose to unsubscribe at any time via the link in the Settings menu for the forum or when posting to it, “Subscription disabled” – nobody can subscribe to receive notifications of new posts. ‘Read tracking’ options are “Optional” “Optional” – users can turn tracking on or off for that forum via a link in the Settings menu, or their ‘Forum Tracking’ profile preference decides “Off”- unread posts will never be highlighted and a link is not provided in the Settings menu “Forced” needs to be enabled by your Administrator “Forced” – tracking of unread posts are always highlighted regardless of the user’s profile option and no link is added to the Settings menu for that forum. If RSS feeds are enabled on your site, the ‘RSS Section’ allows you to configure what is sent in an RSS feed, “Discussions” or “Posts”, you can also choose how many recent articles appear in the feed. The ‘Post threshold for blocking’ section allows you to configure a limit on posting for users. Choose the time period for blocking, then set how many posts users are allowed to make and when they will receive a warning. In this example users can post 5 times within a week and will be warned after 2 posts. In the ‘Grade’ section you can choose a grade category if required. The ‘Ratings’ section allows you to configure if forum posts can be graded. The ‘Aggregate type’ determines what score is sent to the gradebook. The ‘Scale’ determines what each post may be marked out of. You can use a Scale if you have set one up for your course. In this example, each post may be graded out of 10 points. The Average will be sent to the gradebook. You may also restrict ratings to within certain dates. The ‘Common module settings’ allow you to choose if the activity is shown or hidden when saved, has a field for you to add an ID which is used in the gradebook, and allows you to choose the Group mode (if any) for the activity. Group Mode makes a big difference in a forum. If you are not sure click the question mark (?) for help. The ‘Restrict access’ and ‘Activity Completion’ sections allow you to configure if some users should not be able to see the activity, and how completion is calculated (if enabled). Don’t forget to Save changes. The forum is now displayed and topics can be added.