Establishing Discussion Boards: Forums
Posted by , Last modified by Katherine Martell on 21 August 2016 08:36 AM
The forum feature is one of the most popular activities in Moodle because it encourages student interaction and participation outside of class. If you are teaching an online class, forums will be one of the primary methods of communication with your students. There are several different types of forums you might choose to add to your course.
Each Moodle class is built with an instructor Announcements Forum. Students cannot post to this forum (they may only read posts). Instructors can create messages here that will be sent automatically to students via their PSU email.
The most commonly used forum is the Standard forum. Students can create as many new topics as they like as well as posting an unlimited amount of replies. This is the best general purpose forum to use in your course.
Other forum types
There are a few other forum types that you might choose to add to your course depending on your specific course and weekly goals. A single simple discussion is a forum with just one topic (or thread). The instructor starts the discussion and students simply respond, making this a useful forum type for short, focused discussions.
Another approach is to have each student post exactly one discussion topic. Students can still respond to others' postings as many times as they wish (for example, in an Introductions forum).
The Q&A forum prevents students from reading responses written by their classmates before posting their own response. The forum is initially started by the instructor, who creates the discussion topic (or question). For more information on Q&A forums, click here.
Creating a Forum Discussion