A forum is an activity where students and teachers can exchange ideas by posting comments. A forum can contribute significantly to successful communication and community building in an online environment.
The Standard forum for general use is the default format when you begin to create a new forum. As the title suggests, it is a standard format that can generally be used for almost any type of question that you might pose for student response.
There is an option to choose Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format. Just as it sounds, the forums posts appear in the format of blog entries.
Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to. Once the student posts a new discussion topic then they cannot post anymore topics. They are allowed to reply to all posts, including their own.
The Single simple discussion gives the instructor the power to set up the discussion topic and have all participants simply reply directly to that post. Instead of having each student starting a new thread, the participants are given a question to answer with the opportunity to read and reply to their classmates’ responses as well.
For each forum you add to a course, you can set the default subscription mode for your students and determine whether or not they will receive email notifications when someone posts or replies on that forum.
Instructors and students have several options while viewing a forum.
An online discussion forum prompt should help students to make the best possible contribution, and utilize their time effectively. As the instructor, simply writing a question in the forum prompt will not be enough.
GSC’s Moodle system now has an upgraded Kaltura video system that enables you and your students to post videos inside your discussion forums.
We talk a lot about “instructor presence” in online teaching and learning, and take for granted that it is a good thing. (It is). Let’s unpack this concept into a set of actions that have the desired effect on our online learners’ experiences.
In order to grade your forums using the Moodle Ratings tool, you will need to edit the settings on your forum.
How does an online instructor decide how to grade forum participation? Below, we offer two basic strategies for setting up your discussion forums in Moodle – each with its advantages and shortcomings.
Now that you have created the discussion forums for your course, the next question you might have is how to manage them once they are live.
Check out the Forum Activity, Using Forums, Forum Settings, and Forum Faq sections.