Forum module

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This activity can be the most important – it is here that most discussion takes place. Forums may be structured in different ways, and can include peer rating of each posting. Generally, forum postings may be edited up to 30 minutes after posting. The postings can be viewed in a variety for formats, and can include attachments. By subscribing to a forum, participants will receive copies of each new posting in their email. A teacher can impose subscription on everyone if they want to.

Forums are divided into two main categories:

  1. General forums (found in section 0 of the course)
  2. Learning forums (the forums of the specific parts of the course: they are organized and numbered according to the course sections they appear in).

Forums are organised under following headings:

  1. Forum (the name of the forum)
  2. Description
  3. Discussions (the number of discussions started)
  4. Unread posts (the number of posts you have not read yet)
  5. Track (the 'yes/no' information about your choice whether or not track the unread posts - if your choice is negative, you will find an '-' sign instead of the number of the posts unread)
  6. Subscribed (the 'yes/no' information about your choice whether or not get the posts transferred to your mail box)
  7. RSS (the 'RSS' (Really Simple Syndication) button - please refer to RSS in forums for additional information

Forum usage

Forums can be used in a number of ways. What you do depends on what type of teaching you are involved in and what you want to achieve.

Essay plans

Create a forum where only the teacher can start discussions, but the students can only reply. Each thread you start contains an essay question (or several similar ones). The students make a bullet point plan for the essay and post it as a reply.

This works well as a revision strategy as the students can see how others have approached the same task. Once everyone has posted their plan, you can start a discussion as to which plans seem better and why. Creating a scale to use for rating the posts can be useful so that the students can see how helpful other people think their effort were.

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