Add a Forum

The forum is an activity where students and instructors can exchange ideas by posting comments. There are four basic forum types:

  • Standard forum for general use (default): An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum.
  • A single simple discussion: A single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short focused discussions (cannot be used with groups)
  • Each person posts one discussion: Each person can post exactly one new discussion topic (everyone within that discussion topic can reply to them though); this is useful when you want each student to start a discussion topic about, say, their reflections on the week's topic, and everyone else responds to these.
  • Q and A Forum: The instructor poses a question in the initial post of a discussion.  Students can only see replies to a given thread after they've made a reply of their own to that specific thread within the discussion forum.
  • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format.  The blog-like format shows each entry in full, just like a blog post:

blog format forum display

Add a Forum to your course

  1. Click the Turn editing on button at the top right of the course home page or from the Administration block.
  2. Select Add an activity or resource in the course section where you want the Forum to be listed (or use the Add an activity drop-down).
  3. Click the Forum radio button within the Activities section and then the Add button. The Adding a new forum window will appear where you can now create and configure your forum.

Important Setting to be Aware of:

Subscription: When users subscribe or are forcibly subscribed to a forum, they will get email notifications sent to their preferred email address.

  • Optional subscription: Users can choose whether or not to subscribe (get an email).
  • Forced subscription: Everyone in the course is subscribed (will receive email) to the forum and can not unsubscribe. Caution is recommended with this option since it could bombard students with digest email for discussions they are not involved in.
  • Auto-subscription: Everyone is subscribed (will receive email) initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time. If this is chosen, you should show your students how to unsubscribe to a forum.
  • Subscription disabled: Does not allow subscription (no emails).