D4L Orientation Week 1: Forum Discussions

D4L Orientation Week 1: Forum Discussions


Welcome back to another video in our series
about using Moodle for Design for Learning. Here we’ll talk about how to communicate
with your coursemates in the Moodle discussion forums. From the main course page, let’s scroll
down to the D4L Community Discussion. This is the first Forum you should post in,
to introduce yourself. you can identify a forum by the green and
blue icon with two talk balloons. When you click on the forum title, you’ll
go to a page for that discussion. For D4L we will primarily use two different
kinds of forums. First, for longer discussions, we’ll use a
standard forum. That’s the format for he D4L Community Discussion. When you go to the page you’ll see a table
of all discussion topics within this forum, also known as threads. Look for the thread titled Introducing Ourselves
at the top and click on it. Read the initial post and then click on reply
to post your introduction. In this standard forum, on each page I can
see all the posts and replies of a particular discussion topic. If you’re curious, try the different display
options in the drop-down menu at the top to see which one you like the best. I prefer to display replies in nested form:
that shows all the replies on one page but indents the blocks a little bit to make it
visual who’s replying to who. In a standard forum there are multiple topics,
and I can use the links above and below all the posts to navigate to the discussion topic
before or after this one. If I want to go back to the top level of this
forum, with the table display of all topics, I can click on forum title in the breadcrumb
trail. If you want to post something that doesn’t
fit into one of the existing discussion topics, you can add a new one by clicking on the button
that says “Add a new discussion topic.” Feel free to do so! Announcements About D4L is another forum that
uses the standard format. This is what Moodle refers to as a News Forum,
and it’s just for instructors to send announcements to learners – learners can’t post or reply. We will only use this forum rarely, but this
is a forum that you cannot unsubscribe from, so it gives us a way to reach all learners
if we need to. The other kind of forum we will use often
is a single simple discussion. In week 2 you will need to post in the forum
called Strategies For Success: Techniques And Best Practices For Learning Online. This forum uses the single simple discussion
format which means that all posts will appear on one page as one long thread. This is basically like one topic within a
larger standard forum – it keeps the conversation more focused. Hopefully now you feel prepared to jump into
our Forum Discussions! In our next video, we’ll talk about forum
notifications.

Danny Hutson

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