Add a Forum

Follow these instructions to add a forum activity and set the required parameters.

  1. Click Turn editing on in the top right corner of the unit banner.
  2. In the topic you would like to add a Forum, click +Add an activity or resource. You can click on the Activities tab to filter the view of  activities.
  3. Select your required forum (Open or Forum) and click Add.
  4. In the General settings, give your forum a name and description(optional).
  5. Select from the five Forum types required from the drop down list.
    • A single simple discussion
    • Each person posts one discussion
    • Q and A forum
    • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format
    • Standard forum for general use
  6. Select options as required:
    • Attachments and word count: Select whether users can add a file as an attachment to their posts. Select the maximum size of the attachment, the maximum number of attachments and whether you want to have a word count displayed.
    • Subscription mode: Select how you want students to receive forum posts and notifications, whether optional, forced, auto or disabled.
    • Read tracking: Choose to turn this feature into optional, forced or off. By selecting Forced you ensure that participants will identify unread posts.
    • Discussion locking: Either keep the posts open or lock discussions after a certain period of time.
    • Post threshold for blocking: Set the number of posts students can make within a given timeframe. You would use this if you want to limit the number of posts per day, otherwise you would leave the default at Don’t block.
    • Grade: You can enable grading by selecting a grade type other than None. This automatically creates a grade item in the Gradebook that allows you to assign marks based on a student’s posts in the forum. Students will also be able to see their grade in the forum.
    • Ratings: Allows participants to evaluate posts in the forum. You would need to set the scale and aggregate response setting. You would need to enable student ratings if you want to allow students to assess others posts.
    • Common module settings: In this section, decide if you want to show or hide the activity, or have it available but not shown on the page. If you select the latter, you can copy the link and paste it into another section or activity within Moodle, such as a Moodle Lesson.
    • Group mode: There are three options; separate groups, visible groups or no groups.
    • Restrict access: If required, add restrictions to activity completion, date, grade or restriction set.
  7. Once complete, click Save and return to unit or Save and display.