Requires Teacher Role
Forums provide an area to post topics and have general discussions. Instructors or facilitators 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 class creates a News & Announcements forum automatically. However, students are unable to post to this forum so instructors must create a new forum for students to use.
- Click on the Turn editing on button located in the upper right hand corner or click on the Turn editing on link in the Administration block
- Navigate to the appropriate week or section/topic area and click on the + Add an activity or resource link on the bottom right.
- Select Forum listed under ACTIVITIES in the Add an activity or resource selection window and click on the Add button at the bottom of the window.
- Modify the settings for your forum according to your needs. If you are looking for the simplest forum type, the only settings you need to worry about are the Forum name and Description. A full list of all of the settings in a forum is in the table below
- Click on the Save and return to course button to create your forum and return to the course page
The name of the forum. This becomes the text for the link that students click on 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 clicks on the forum link. 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.
- A single simple discussion
- A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to. This forum type cannot be used with 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
- Instructors post questions that students must answer. Students cannot see other student's answers until they have posted an answer themselves.
- 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
|Can a student post to this forum?
- Discussions and replies are allowed
- Students can start discussions and reply to other students' posts
- No discussions, but replies are allowed
- Students can only reply to discussions started by the instructor, or other students' replies
- No discussions, no replies
- Students cannot post discussions or replies to this forum
Note: This particular setting only applies to the Standard forum for general use type.
Attachments and word count
|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
Subscription and tracking
This setting controls whether or not a student subscribes to receive email from this particular forum. Email from forums is controlled by the Email digest type setting in a user's profile settings
- Optional subscription
- Students can choose whether or not to receive email from this forum
- Forced subscription
- Students are required to receive email from this forum
- Auto subscription
- Students are initially subscribed to this forum but can choose to unsubscribe themselves from receiving email
- Subscription disabled
- This forum will not generate email to students at all
Post threshold for blocking
|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
||A list of categories in your gradebook. Selecting a category here will add this forum to your gradebook if you also have ratings 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
||How the ratings for this forum will be calculated together into a final grade to be pushed to the gradebook
- No ratings
- Disables ratings in this forum
- Average of ratings
- Takes the average of all ratings for a particular student's posts in this forum
- Count of ratings
- A count of how many times a particular student has been rated in this forum. For example, if you gave a student a 5, 10 and 15, the final score using this method would be 3 because you rated the student three times.
- Maximum rating
- The highest rating a student received in this forum
- Minimum rating
- The lowest rating a student received in this forum
- Sum of ratings
- A sum of all the ratings a student received in this forum. For example, if you gave a student a 5, 10, and a 15, the final score would be 30
- This forum will not show up in the gradebook. However, posts can still be rated according to the aggregate type selected previously
- This forum is graded on a non-numeric scale
- This forum is graded by points
- Scale - Which scale to use if Scale is selected in Type
- Maximum points - How many points this forum is worth if Point is selected in Type
||Who is able to rate posts
||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.
Common module settings
||Whether this activity or resource is visible to students.
||Whether this activity is in group mode. This setting applies primarily to forums and wikis
||Which grouping to use when Group mode is enabled