Some of my forums are ongoing and it makes sense for students to continue to be able to post/respond, but some of the forums are more temporal and students earn credit for posting and responding. Because iLearn forums don't have a setting where we can stop further posts and responses, students will post late (i.e., after the forum discussion is over) and argue for credit. They take it out on the instructor, saying they did the work so should get credit, regardless of having done the work late. The teacher should get to decide if it makes sense for their pedagogy and the purpose of the forum if posts and responses can continue after a certain date/time. It would be nice to have a timer added, so the forum stays visible as a reference, but no more posts/responses are allowed after a set day/time. Right now, it is possible to set forums so no credit can be issued after a certain date/time, but the teacher can't close the forum to new posts/responses. I don't think the technology should decide; the teacher should decide if that makes sense for their forum.
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