Create a discussion forum


  1. In the topic, click Turn editing on

  2. In the week/module where you want to add the forum, click Add an activity or resource
  3. Select Forum forum icon and click Add
  4. Give the forum a Name and Description

  5. Select Forum type 

    There are 5 forum types:

    • A single simple discussion - A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to (cannot be used with separate groups)
    • Each person posts one discussion - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to
    • Q and A forum - Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students' posts. For students to be able to post to a Q and A forum, a teacher must first post a question for students to respond to.
    • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format - An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time, and in which 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

    select forum type from the drop-down menu
  6. Enable Availability (if required).  If enabled, students will retain their ability to view the forum outside of the dates supplied, but will be prevented from further posting

  7. In the Attachments and word count option, select Yes to enable (if required), and set a maximum number of attachments and the size
    display word count option
  8. In the Subscription and tracking set the subscription mode and the read tracking (optional or off).

  9. If required, students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period; this can prevent individuals from dominating discussions
    select a post threshold - time period and post threshold and warning
  10. Select an Aggregate type for the forum to appear in the gradebook.  If 'No ratings' is selected, then the activity will not appear in the gradebook.  

    Ratings can be restricted to items within a selected date range, select your aggregate type and tick the 'Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range:' and select the date range.

  11. Group mode can be selected in Common module settings

  12. Click Save and display

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