Moodle Student Guidebook
8. Forum Activity
A forum is a place where class or group discussions can occur. In forums you can add a discussion topic and reply to others’ postings, depending on the forum settings the instructor chooses. Your instructors may choose to use a regular Forum or an Open Forum activity. For more information, refer to:
Please note: Because network connections can break down, if you are working on a forum posting for a long time, before you click "Submit" for your response, consider selecting your text and copying it to your clipboard or a word-processing program. If there is an error with the submission, you will still have a full copy of your posting and can resubmit it after the network connection is re-established.
There are five main types of forums your instructor may choose:
- Standard forum for general use: An all-purpose forum that allows for multiple posts. Any user may post a new discussion/topic at any time.
- Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format: An all-purpose forum that allows for multiple posts. The author's profile picture displays next to the post, which has the look and feel of a blog post. It's also easier for students to read each other's comments—it saves them additional clicking.
- Each person posts one discussion: Every student can only post one topic, but may reply to multiple others.
- Single simple discussion: This is a forum about a single topic, all on one page. Instructors start the discussion; students reply.
- Q and A: This type requires participants to post their own perspectives before viewing other student posts. Instructors post the question(s); students reply. Note: there is a 15-minute editing window after posting a response in which the users may re-read and update their posting. It is not until after that editing time passes that they will then be allowed to view other students’ postings and respond.