The Forum activity

The Forum activity


Being able to discuss our learning with others helps us to
progress and Moodle offers several different types of discussion forums for you as a teacher to enable your learners to do exactly that. To add a forum we click the turn
editing on button in our course and we scroll down in the
administration block and click the Turn editing on link.Then in the section where we’d like
to add the forum we click add an activity or
resource we can add several forums of several
different types We don’t only have to
choose one. Clicking add an activity or resource brings up the activity chooser. Forum is an activity because students interact
with it on the moodle course. We can add it by
clicking the button twice or by clicking it once and then
clicking add at the bottom There are a lot of settings for the forum but we only really need to give it a
name a description and then to save it. The name will be
what the learners see on the course and the description if chosen may be
displayed by checking the display description on course page box We then choose the type of forum we want The default is a standard forum which
allows anyone to click a button to add a new
discussion topic however if you click the drop-down box
there are other types also for example a Single simple discussion
allows for the teacher to start a topic and all the learners can do is respond to that particular topic. IF you want to know what the other forum
types are then clicking the question mark you see
the Help and you can find out more. There are
other settings which might be worth exploring for example you can decide the number
and size of the attachments that you wish to
allow your learners to attach but all we now need to do if we want to
get started on our forum: is to scroll down and click save and
return to course And notice that as we add each activity or resource they
have their own icons. Different themes have different
icons but this is a quick way of allowing
learners to see the kind of activity that they’re going to.

Danny Hutson

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