Forums provide an area to post topics and have general discussions. Teachers can use forums to continue classroom discussions, to assess students' understanding of a reading selection or class concept, and for peer review assignments. There are a wide variety of forum strategies that you can use to reduce your workload in large classes, and encourage students to post thorough topics and replies.
Note: Every iLearn course has a News & Announcements forum at the top of the course page. The News & Announcements forum is a special type of forum that only teachers may post to. This forum is designed for teachers to post upcoming announcements for the course for all students to see. Forum announcements are delivered to course participants' SFSU email addresses daily at ~3am.
- From the course page, in the upper right corner, select the Edit icon (⚙) and select Turn editing on.
- In the week/section you want to add the forum, select the +Add an activity button.
- In the menu list, under Activities, select Forum and the Add button.
- Modify the settings for your forum according to your needs. See the below chart for a description on some of the settings available to change.
Recommendation: If you are looking for the simplest forum type, the only settings you need to enter are the Forum name and Description. If you are unsure about a setting, we recommend leaving it at its default.
- Select the Save and return to course button.
The name of the forum. This becomes the text for the link that students select to access this forum.
A description of the forum. Best practice is to put the prompt for the forum here as well as any additional instructions you may have for your students. This description is shown after a student selects the forum link on the course page. For forums of the Single Simple Discussion type, this text becomes the first post that your students will reply to.
|Display description on course page||
Marking this checkbox shows the description entered above on the course page directly below the link to the assignment in addition to after a student clicks on the link. Use this setting with caution, as long descriptions can cause your course page to become very long to scroll through.
|Can a student post to this forum?||
Note: This particular setting only applies to the Standard forum for general use type.
|Maximum attachment size||The maximum file size allowed per file per post. If you do not wish to allow attachments, select Uploads not allowed.|
|Maximum number of attachments||The maximum number of files that can be attached to each post.|
|Display word count||Whether a word count is displayed at the bottom of each post or not.|
This setting controls whether or not a student subscribes to receive email from this particular forum.
|Time period for blocking||How long to block a student from posting|
|Post threshold for blocking||How many posts before the block for the number of days selected in Time period for blocking goes into effect|
|Post threshold for warning||How many posts before a student gets a warning that they will be blocked|
|Grade category||If gradebook categories have been set up beforehand, this setting controls the category in which this activity's grades are placed. Note: Ratings must be enabled in the following settings.|
|Roles with permission to rate||A list of roles that are currently able to rate in this forum. This particular information is not visible until after you save the forum for the first time|
|Aggregate type||How the ratings for this forum will be calculated together into a final grade to be pushed to the gradebook
|Users||Who is able to rate posts|
|View||Who is able to view ratings|
|Restrict ratings to items with dates in this range||Marking this checkbox will restrict which posts can be rated based on the date selection boxes below.
Note: This DOES NOT control when students can post, only when posts can be rated.
|Visible||Whether this activity or resource is visible to students.|
|Group mode||Whether this activity is in group mode. This setting applies primarily to forums and wikis|
|Grouping||Which grouping to use when Group mode is enabled|
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