Add a Forum

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Add Forum / Open Forum activity

  1.  Go to the course which you want to edit and click “Turn editing on”.                         
  2.  Select “Add an activity or resource” where you want to add the forum activity.
    Add an activity or resource
  3. Select the activity type as “Forum” / “Open Forum”.

Both Forum and Open Forum activity allow students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments with similar settings while Open Forum provides below post options additionally.

  • Allow marking as substantive
  • Allow post bookmarking
  • Allow private replies
  • Allow anonymous posting

Fill in the information of the forum activity

  1. Fill in the general information of the forum activity.


    Forum Type

    There are 5 types of Forum available for selection.

    A single simple discussionA single discussion topic which everyone can reply to.
    Each person posts one discussionEach student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to.
    Q and A forumStudents must first post their perspectives before viewing other students’ posts.
    Standard forum displayed in a blog-like formatAn 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 useAn open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time.


    Subscription and tracking

    Under Subscription Mode, you can set how you want students to receive emails of posts to forums:

    Optional subscriptionParticipants can choose whether to be subscribed.
    Forced subscriptionEveryone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe.
    Auto subscriptionEveryone is subscribed initially, but can choose to unsubscribe at any time.
    Subscription disabledSubscriptions are not allowed.

    Note: You can click the question mark question_mark[1]behind each fields to view the usage of this field.

    2. Fill in the other information of the forum activity. (Optional)


    Post threshold for blocking

    With this setting, students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period. Set the value to “Don`t block” to disable this setting.


    Forums may also be used as graded assignments. In order to add grades to posts, in the Ratings section choose an Aggregate Type and a Grade Scale. Once a student makes a post to the forum, a drop down menu will appear on the post making it easy to assign a grade when you read it.

    Restrict Access

    You can also restrict student access to the assignment by time or grade condition.

    3. After you complete filling all those information, you can click the “Save and return to course” / “Save and display” to submit your forum.



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