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Using a discussion forum

From: Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Using a discussion forum

Now that we have our discussion forum set up, students are able to enter the forum and reply to the main post that's here associated with this forum. To do this, make sure you have clicked inside of the forum, then click on the Reply button to the initial post. You then type in a unique Subject but your subject line has already been filled in for you with Re or Response To and the same name of the posting that the initial post was created with. You are probably familiar with this as this looks the way that most email programs work. If you scroll down on the window now, you can see that's your own place to post your message and the Message area is a standard HTML editor.

Using a discussion forum

Now that we have our discussion forum set up, students are able to enter the forum and reply to the main post that's here associated with this forum. To do this, make sure you have clicked inside of the forum, then click on the Reply button to the initial post. You then type in a unique Subject but your subject line has already been filled in for you with Re or Response To and the same name of the posting that the initial post was created with. You are probably familiar with this as this looks the way that most email programs work. If you scroll down on the window now, you can see that's your own place to post your message and the Message area is a standard HTML editor.

So anything that you or your students can do with HTML can be done inside of this editor. So we'll type a simple message in here, 'See my attached notes in Microsoft Word format.' Please add additional comments as necessary. Go ahead and scroll down on the window now and we can see that the format for this message is an HTML format and that everyone is subscribed to this forum.

We then want to attach a document. Click the Browse button and if you are following along with the Exercise Files, I'm in the Chapter 10 folder and there is a file called Notes for week 1.doc. Go ahead and select that document and then click the Open button. You then have the ability to check a box here that says Mail now and if this box is checked, as soon as we post to this forum, Moodle will send an email out to all users in this course and let them know that this discussion forum has had a new post applied to it. If you do not check the box, Moodle will wait a certain period of time depending on a specific configuration of your server and then it will mail out a notice to all the users in the class to let them know that there is a discussion forum posted.

So if you check the box for Mail now, it will just send the message immediately rather than use the delay that's built into the server. Go ahead and now click the button for Post to forum and we can see that the post was successfully added. We can also see that this response to the post is not tamped in one level from the original post and that the Word document is attached to it. So any user that comes in here is able to click on this Word document and their browser will attempt to download that document to their hard drive. We'll go ahead and click Save, File and click OK, then return out to our desktop where the file has been downloaded for us. If we go ahead and open up that document, we can see the notes that were added in.

Now, if we want to add a comment, we can simple come in and select a portion of the Word document Major Tropical Ecosystems, go up to the Insert menu and choose Comment. Now we can add a comment, all coral reefs are located inside of the tropics except for the reefs around Bermuda. Now there is a comment associated with this document, we want to set that comment to document back up to the class. So we'll go ahead and we'll save the document, close it, go back to Moodle and we'll apply to the previous post so that the other students will have the new updated document. We'll click the Reply button. We'll simply say See attached comments.

We will go ahead and scroll down, click the Browse button, select the document that we just made the edits to, click Open, click the button for Post to forum and now the new posting is set up here for the students so that they can have access to this new document. If we were to click on that document and download it again, you can see the comments that were added. This is a great tool for having students take notes in class and then interact with that material after the class so that the material stays fresh in their mind. Let's go ahead and return back to our course by clicking on the BIOL432.

So now you have a pretty good idea as to how to create a discussion forum and have your students interact with that forum. Forums are a great tool that you have at your disposal in order to allow students to continue to interact with course material when they are not actually in class and it allows students to interact with each other and the materials in their course even though they may all not be logged in at the same time as if they were in a chat session.

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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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