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Forum

Increase discussions.

The Forum activity enables students to post and reply to comments, suggestions, questions, and so on. Unlike the Chat activity, participants communicate asynchronously.

There are several forum types:

A single simple discussion — A single discussion topic where everyone can reply.

Each person posts one discussion — Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, where everyone can reply.

Q and A forum — Students must first post their perspectives before they can view other students' posts.

Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format — An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time, where the discussion topics are displayed on one page with Discuss this topic links.

Standard forum for general use — An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time.

If you want to create a graded forum, see Advanced Forum.


Create a forum

Steps in Snap: Create learning activity or resource > Forum > Add

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Add an activity or resource > Forum > Add

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  1. Type a meaningful name for the forum.
  2. Select the Forum type — A single simple discussion, Each person posts one discussion, Q and A forum, Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format, or Standard forum for general use.
  3. Type a meaningful description for the forum. The description displays to students when they view the choice. Check the Display description on course page box if you want the description to show there.
  4. Set the attachment and word count options:
    • Maximum Attachment Size: This setting specifies the largest size of a file that can be attached to a forum post.
    • Maximum Number of Attachments: This setting specifies the maximum number of files that can be attached to a forum post.
    • Display word count: Determine whether or not you want to display the word count listed for each post.
  5. Set the subscription and tracking:
    • Subscription Mode: When a participant is subscribed to a forum it means they will receive email copies of forum posts.There are four subscription mode options:
      • Optional subscription — Participants can choose whether to be subscribed.
      • Forced subscription — Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe.
      • Auto subscription — Everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time.
      • Subscription disabled — Subscriptions are not allowed.
    • Read Tracking: If enabled, participants can track read and unread messages in the forum and in discussions.
  6. Set the post threshold for blocking:
    • Time period for blocking: Students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period.
    • Post threshold for blocking: This setting specifies the maximum number of posts a user can post in the given time period.
    • Post threshold for warning: Students can be warned as they approach the maximum number of posts allowed in a given period. This setting specifies after how many posts they are warned.
    • RSS feed for this activity: What type of information is displayed within the RSS feed. This setting is available only if the site administrator has enabled RSS feeds for the site and for forums.
    • Number of RSS recent articles: The number of recent posts or discussions displayed in the RSS feed for the forum. This setting is available only if the site administrator has enabled RSS feeds for the site and for forums.
  7. Optionally, make selections in the following areas to customize the forum. To learn more about each option, click the Help icon next to each option in the course interface.
  8. Click Save and return to course to show the course main page or Save and display to show the new forum.

Add a new discussion

After you create the advanced forum you can add discussion topics to it.

  1. From the forum, select Add a new discussion topic.
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  2. Type a Subject and Message. Select Use advanced editor if you want to format your message.
  3. Determine whether or not to subscribe to the discussion, and receive notifications of new posts.
  4. Optionally, attach files.
  5. Select Mail now if you want to email the post to participants.
  6. Select Post a copy to all groups to posts a copy of this message to all groups you have access to. Select the Group.
  7. Select Post to forum when finished.

Set the ratings for the forum

Steps in Snap: Forum > Edit > Ratings

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Forum > Edit > Edit Settings > Ratings

You can who can rate the forum posts.

  • Roles with permissions to rate: Lists the roles that can rate the entries.
  • Aggregate type: Select one of the following from the Type menu.
    • No ratings — This activity will not be graded.
    • Average of ratings — The mean of all ratings.
    • Count of ratings — The number of rated items becomes the final grade. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
    • Maximum — The highest rating becomes the final grade.
    • Minimum — The smallest rating becomes the final grade.
    • Sum — All ratings are added together. The total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
  • Restrict rating to items with dates in this rate From/To: If selected, set the date and time of the forums to be rated.

Check out how Grading works!


Determine forum completion

Steps in Snap: Forum > Edit > Activity completion

Steps in other themes: Turn editing on > Forum > Edit > Edit Settings > Activity completion

You can determine to mark the forum activity as completed.

  • Completion tracking: Options include Do not indicate activity completion, Students can manually mark the activity as completed, and Show activity as complete when conditions are met.
  • Student must view this activity to complete it: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student views the forum.
  • Student must receive a grade to complete this activity: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student receives a grade.
  • Student must post discussions or replies: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student posts a discussion or replies to a discussion. Set the minimum number of discussions or replies.
  • Student must create discussions: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student creates a discussion. Set the minimum number of discussions.
  • Student must post replies: When the Completion tracking is set to Show activity as complete when conditions are met, this option will be available. Determine if the activity will be marked as complete after the student post a reply. Set the minimum number of replies.
  • Expect completed on: Enable this feature and set a date for when it is expected participants will be marked as completed.