Creating a Discussion Forum in moodle (Faculty/Staff)
Posted by Scott Krenz on 24 September 2009 01:55 PM

A forum in Moodle allows faculty and students to participate in an online asynchronous discussion. Faculty can create the forum and add text which may include the topic to consider, length of response and deadlines. Each post to the forum is stamped with the user's name, subject and time the post was submitted. The following shows how to create a standard forum (best for whole class discussions that use open-ended and personalized questions). If you want students to provide their answer before seeing what other students have posted, then you will want to create a Q&A type of forum. For everything you ever needed to know to about creating, using, and grading a forum, watch this 6.5-minute video.

  1. Click the green 'Turn editing on' button in the upper right hand corner of the course.

    Turn Editing On

  2. In the topic section of your choice, click the 'Add an activity or resource' link.

    Add an activity or resource link

  3. Select 'Forum' from the Moodle "picker."

    Add a Forum activity

  4. Enter a Forum name and Forum introduction for the activity.
    *Clarify in the 'Forum introduction' field all instructions for students what is expected of them in the forum and when their submissions are due. [Note, there is a pre-formatted "forum instructions" template available by clicking on the icon in the toolbar.]

    Forum General Settings

  5. Please see Advanced Forum Grading for options on how to assess forums.

  6. To save your forum, select 'Save and return to course' or 'Save and display'.
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