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):

Individual activities

  • Answer designated questions on reading materials
  • Provide reflective feedback on a piece of work
  • For extension activities, for example ‘brain teasers’ for students to ponder and suggest solutions to

Group discussions or activities

  • As a social space for students to get to know each other (you can get students to introduce themselves or have an icebreaker discussion)
  • For discussing unit content or reading materials
  • For continuing a discussion around an issue raised in a synchronous session

Feedback and/or support

  • As a help centre where tutors and students can give advice
  • As one-on-one support area for private student-teacher communications (using a forum with separate groups and with one student per group)
  • For anonymous student posting and private replies, which can be useful to provide feedback to individual students (using Open Forums).

One way communication

  • For unit announcements (using the unit Announcements  forum with forced subscription)
  • For teacher-only discussions (using a hidden forum)


  • For educators or students to rate posts as a form of peer evaluation
  • As a peer assessment tool where students can provide feedback on an individual student’s work or on collaborative work

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

Education innovation

Education leadership




You could address these Practice Elements by providing evidence of how you:

  • Demonstrate ability to use engaging, authentic and active approaches to teaching and learning. For example, this can be done by creating forums that engage students in discussions and actively create and respond to posts.
  • Demonstrate contributions to support positive student learning experiences in practice. One way of showing this is by using forums as a way to support student learning and create a space where students can ask questions and receive feedback.
  • Demonstrate ability to create or adapt teaching and learning approaches in line with new thinking and understanding. This can be done by finding new ways to use forums to increase student engagement.

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