Forum is a Moodle activity that facilitates asynchronous (not in real time) communication and collaboration between you and your students and amongst each other. Educators can create discussion topics or allow students to generate topics, depending on the forum type selected. Forums can be used to make one-way announcements, set up structured or unstructured discussions for the whole class or small groups, or as an assessment tool.
Ways to you use forums
Here are some ways you can consider using forums (note this is not an exhaustive list):
Group discussions or activities
Feedback and/or support
One way communication
Benefits of using forums
When used correctly, there are a number of benefits to integrating forums into your teaching practice. Moodle Forums can:
- Create a sense of community and encourage collaboration
- Provide a persistent space for communication
- Reduce student isolation
- Provide opportunities for peer feedback
- Be used as an assessment tool
- Be linked to Moodle Gradebook
- Work with Calista groups
Education Performance Standards Framework
The Education Performance Standards identify the expectations of education practice at Monash – See the Education Performance Standards for more details.
Impact on student learning
Impact on educational knowledge
Impact on educational environment
Effective teaching and learning
Responsive program design
Student- centred orientation
Professional learning engagement
Pedagogical content knowledge
Education research performance
You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:
This MEA module addresses issues around students' social comfort & provides effective teaching strategies which builds classroom community.
One of the expectations of students, and of Monash as a whole, is that educators and students regularly engage with each other in rich ways.