Once a discussion forum is open for student posts, teachers will need to manage the forum – moderate posts (eg
netiquette, 'muddy' points/teachable moments, drifting conversations), assess forum participation, rate posts etc. Students may
also need to manage their and others' posts – follow the conversation, export their posts, use them in an eportfolio/for an assignment etc.
Staff can delete, move or export posts. Students can delete (their own post, within a 15-minute time frame) or export their posts.
Add a post
Click on the forum
Click the Add a new discussion topic button
Add a Subject and Message
Click on the Advanced link to:
add an attachment
set dates when the topic should or should not display
pin the topic to the top of the forum
post the topic instantly (there is a 15 minute period before notifications are sent to students)
Click Post to forum
Delete a post
Teaching staff may want to delete a post if it is inappropriate (eg flaming).
Click on the post you want to delete in the Discussion column
In the next screen, click on the Delete option in the right-hand corner of the post
You will be asked if you are sure you want to delete the post. Click Continue to delete the post, and any replies to that post.
Check in the post list screen to make sure it has been deleted
If you feel it is necessary to remove a post from a forum, but would prefer the post were not strictly deleted, please contact your eLearning support team to discuss splitting the post.
Move a topic
You can move a topic to another forum where it is more appropriate/relevant (eg a query about assessment may belong in a forum set up especially for this rather than where it has been posted).
Click on the topic you want to move in the Discussion column
In the next screen, in the top right-hand corner of the post click on the pull-down menu next to the Move button
Choose the forum you want to move the topic to, and click Move
Check in the original forum and the forum you have moved the topic to, to make sure the topic has moved
View a student's posts
A teacher can view the posts of a particular student and see all posts or any discussions started by that student. This is a useful feature if you want to provide feedback on a student's posts or see how often they are posting in a forum/s.
Click on the Participants link in the Topic Management panel (under User Links)
Click on the student's name (this will load their profile)
Click Forum posts
You should see a list of the student's posts and the name of the forum/s the posts were made in – you can click the options Permalink, Show parent, Edit, Split, Delete, Reply or Export to portfolio
Post a question to a Q and A forum
Enter the forum by clicking on the activity on the topic homepage
Click Add a new question
Enter a questionSubject and Message
Press the Post to forum button
The student will be able to view the question by clicking on the discussion Subject, and can post a response by hitting the Reply button. To see the other responses, they must first post their own.
Reply privately to a post
You can reply privately to a student’s post to give individual feedback within a forum. To reply privately, commence a reply as normal, and tick the Reply privately box underneath the text box.
Students can not reply back to a private reply you have left. If you need to initiate a discussion with a student, use a different communication method.
Control how long forum posts are visible
You restrict student access to the forum in the Availability section of the forum settings, when you are setting up the forum. Once the forum is open to students, you can also set the dates when a topic is visible (or not visible).
If creating a new topic, click on the Advanced link and open the display period.
If the topic has already been created, open the topic you wish to restrict, then click on the Edit option below the post
Open the Display period tab, and select the Enable boxes to set dates for displaying the post (show/hide)