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Creating a discussion forum

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Video: Creating a discussion forum

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.

Creating a discussion forum

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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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 13s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
    3. Surveying our project for this course
      1m 53s
  2. 24m 45s
    1. Obtaining Moodle
      3m 12s
    2. Logging in and moving around
      3m 28s
    3. Editing your profile
      2m 57s
    4. Using the text editor
      1m 58s
    5. Choosing your course layout
      3m 49s
    6. Setting up your course
      2m 24s
    7. Adding a banner
      3m 19s
    8. Adding a welcome message
      3m 38s
  3. 5m 58s
    1. Announcing course events
      1m 50s
    2. Using the calendar
      2m 19s
    3. Adding events blocks
      1m 49s
  4. 21m 8s
    1. Uploading your course information
      3m 56s
    2. Understanding the edit icons
      2m 35s
    3. Uploading a folder of exam papers
      3m 47s
    4. Giving instructions to your students
      2m 30s
    5. Displaying a YouTube video
      3m 26s
    6. Linking to a useful website
      2m 6s
    7. Embedding widgets into your course
      2m 48s
  5. 14m 40s
    1. Manually enrolling students
      1m 48s
    2. Allowing students to self-enroll
      2m 25s
    3. Putting your students into groups
      2m 54s
    4. Giving access to private files
      3m 38s
    5. Setting up messaging
      2m 21s
    6. Seeing who's online
      1m 34s
  6. 18m 5s
    1. Creating a discussion forum
      3m 53s
    2. Setting up a chat room
      3m 10s
    3. Blogging
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a wiki
      4m 12s
    5. Creating a glossary
      3m 53s
  7. 26m 45s
    1. Setting up a text assignment
      4m 9s
    2. Setting up a file assignment
      3m 50s
    3. Making a group assignment
      4m 3s
    4. Using blind marking
      3m 35s
    5. Student view of an assignment
      2m 14s
    6. Grading an assignment
      1m 57s
    7. Dealing with deadlines
      1m 35s
    8. Downloading assignments
      1m 50s
    9. Uploading feedback files
      3m 32s
  8. 12m 59s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 16s
    2. Organizing your gradebook
      1m 51s
    3. Manually adding grades
      1m 44s
    4. Adding custom scales
      2m 44s
    5. Importing and exporting grades
      4m 24s
  9. 11m 32s
    1. Overview of Moodle's quiz
      1m 38s
    2. Setting up a quiz front page
      3m 39s
    3. Adding questions to a quiz
      4m 6s
    4. Student view of a quiz
      2m 9s
  10. 10m 51s
    1. Feedback, Choice, or Survey?
      3m 2s
    2. Online voting with Choice
      4m 8s
    3. Getting student feedback
      3m 41s
  11. 14m 19s
    1. Enabling activity completion
      3m 42s
    2. Restricting access to activities
      3m 40s
    3. Enabling manual self-completion for a course
      2m 35s
    4. Enabling automatic course completion
      2m 56s
    5. Viewing completion reports
      1m 26s
  12. 11m 59s
    1. Viewing reports and logs
      2m 36s
    2. Importing from other courses
      2m 18s
    3. Backing up your course
      2m 8s
    4. Restoring a course
      3m 22s
    5. Resetting your course at year-end
      1m 35s
  13. 52s
    1. Next steps
      52s

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