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We often learn well by discussing aspects of our studies with others, and Moodle has a forum activity which allows your learners to do just that. In this video, we'll look at the different types of forum, and we'll set one up for our class. To set up a forum, we need to have the editing turned on, which we've done either by clicking the button top right, or the link in the settings block. And then we're going to choose in the section that we want add an activity or resource. It's important to realize that although we already have a forum by default at the top of our course, our news forum, we can't use that for discussion because it's basically an announcements area for teachers to post course events.
And students can't reply to it. So, I'm going to scroll down and in the collaborative work section I'm going to click, add an activity or resource to bring up the activity chooser and then we click Forum. Clicking once will bring some information on the right about a forum. And if you scroll down, you see that there is a link, more help, which takes you to the Moodle documentation. This gives you some ideas for using forums. We then click the add button to get to the setup screen. Once you know what a forum is, you just need to click the radio button twice to get straight there.
When we're in the forum setup screen, it's important to give it a useful name that our students will recognize. The description gives an explanation as to what this forum will be about, and I already have a description which I've pasted here. And then we need to decide what type of forum it is. The default, which we're going to use, is called standard forum for general use. And this is kind of like an umbrella forum, where anyone can click a button to start a new discussion.
If we look at the drop-down menu, we see that there are other types of forum, too. For example, a single simple discussion, allows you the teacher to have control over what's discussed, because you post a question. And all the students can do is click reply. They can't start their own discussion topic. To find out more about each of these forums, click the question mark icon, which gives you help with the forum type. If we scroll down, then, we see that there are lots of different options once we set up the forum.
For example, we can allow students to attach items to a forum, so it doesn't only have to be for text discussion. It could be for sharing resources, attachments such as documents or images or even movies. And as we scroll down further, we see that we the teacher, if we want to, have the option to rate forum entries. But if we just want to get started, all we have to do is to click Save and Display. Because that takes us straight into the forum where it will be good if we get the discussion started by clicking to add a new discussion topic.
And so I have my discussion topic, so I'm going to give it a subject title, and I've got some text which I already have ready which I'm going to copy. And paste into the discussion, and then when I scroll down I click Post To Forum. I can also decide whether I want to have copies of posts of this forum emailed to me or not. And it's important that students realize that they can subscribe or not subscribe to individual forums.
The only one where they are subscribed by default is the news forum, to make sure that they get all of the announcements. So I now click post to forum, and here we've got the discussion started. So in this video we've learned about the different types of forum, when to use which type and we've setup a standard forum allowing our class to ask and respond to each other's questions.
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