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Once the forum is made available to students (via the Forum settings), you may want to one or more of the following actions, depending on the forum settings.

Add, delete or move posts

Once a discussion forum is open for student posts, teachers will need to manage the forum – moderate posts (eg around  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

  1. Click on the forum

  2. Click the Add a new discussion topic button

  3. Add a Subject and Message

  4. 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)

  5. Click Post to forum

Delete a post

Teaching staff may want to delete a post if it is inappropriate (eg flaming).

  1. Click on the post you want to delete in the Discussion column

  2. In the next screen, click on the Delete option in the right-hand corner of the post
    delete prompt
  3. 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.

  4. 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).

  1. Click on the topic you want to move in the Discussion column

  2. In the next screen, in the top right-hand corner of the post click on the pull-down menu next to the Move button
    move discussion

  3. Choose the forum you want to move the topic to, and click Move

  4. 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. 

  1. Click on the Participants link in the Topic Management panel (under User Links)

  2. Click on the student's name (this will load their profile)
    participant's name

  3. Click Forum posts
    Forum posts

  4. 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
    forum options

Post a question to a Q and A forum

  1. Enter the forum by clicking on the activity on the topic homepage
    Q and A forum

  2. Click Add a new question
    Add a new question

  3. Enter a question Subject and Message
    Add question etc

  4. Press the Post to forum button

  5. 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.

    question posted

    post reply

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.

The reply privately box is the third option under 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).

  1. If creating a new topic, click on the Advanced link and open the display period.
    edit a forum post
  2. If the topic has already been created, open the topic you wish to restrict, then click on the Edit option below the post
    edit a forum post

  3.  Open the Display period tab, and select the Enable boxes to set dates for displaying the post (show/hide)
    display period options

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