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The forum module is an activity where students and teachers can exchange ideas by posting comments. There are four basic forum types. Forum posts can be graded by the teacher or other students.  
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The forum activity allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a 'thread'. Files such as images and media maybe included in forum posts. The teacher can choose to rate forum posts and it is also possible to give students permission to rate each others' posts.
  
[[Image:Forumexample.png]]
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'''Note:''' The News forum  in a new Moodle course is just for teachers to post announcements. It is NOT a discussion forum for students.
  
A forum can contribute significantly to successful communication and community building in an online environment. You can use forums for many innovative purposes in educational settings, but teaching forums and student forums are arguably the two more significant distinctions.
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To add a forum you should turn on the editing and select it from the Activity chooser. The screencast '''[https://youtu.be/GCYfvMEUtLM Forum]''' gives a basic introduction to setting up a forum and you can find out more information in the '''[[Forum settings]]''' documentation. For information on using forums, see the documentation '''[[Using Forum]]'''
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==Which forum do I need?==
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In the (default) '''Standard forum for general use''', students will see an introduction text in a separate space above the list of discussions. Students see a button to start a new discussion (thread).
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[[File:standardforum.png|thumb|center|467px|Student view of "Standard forum" type]]
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In a '''Single, simple discussion''' the teachers posts a question and students are able only to reply. They cannot start a new topic of discussion. This is useful if you wish to keep a discussion focused.
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[[File:Forum homepage view Simple student mu.png|thumb|center|450px|Student view of "A single simple discussion" forum type]]
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The '''Question and Answer forum''' is best used when you have a particular question that you wish to have answered. The teacher posts a question and students respond with possible answers. By default a Q and A forum requires students to post once before viewing other students' postings.
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| [[File:QA1.png|thumb|Inital view of Q&A forum]]
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| [[File:QA2.png|thumb|Students cannot see posts until they post]]
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| [[FIle:QA3.png|thumb|Other posts visible when editing time is over]]
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The '''Standard forum displayed like a blog''' works like the standard forum for general use, but the  first post of each discussion is displayed (as in a blog) so that users can read it and then choose to respond by clicking the "Discuss this topic" button bottom right of the post.
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[[File:Bloglikeforum.png|thumb|450px|center|Blog like forum]]
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==Need more help?==
  
 
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==See also==
 
* [http://youtu.be/amyQjAESkZM Moodle Forum Types and Group Mode] MoodleBites video on YouTube
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 22:09, 4 October 2015

The forum activity allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a 'thread'. Files such as images and media maybe included in forum posts. The teacher can choose to rate forum posts and it is also possible to give students permission to rate each others' posts.

Note: The News forum in a new Moodle course is just for teachers to post announcements. It is NOT a discussion forum for students.

To add a forum you should turn on the editing and select it from the Activity chooser. The screencast Forum gives a basic introduction to setting up a forum and you can find out more information in the Forum settings documentation. For information on using forums, see the documentation Using Forum

Which forum do I need?

In the (default) Standard forum for general use, students will see an introduction text in a separate space above the list of discussions. Students see a button to start a new discussion (thread).


Student view of "Standard forum" type


In a Single, simple discussion the teachers posts a question and students are able only to reply. They cannot start a new topic of discussion. This is useful if you wish to keep a discussion focused.

Student view of "A single simple discussion" forum type

The Question and Answer forum is best used when you have a particular question that you wish to have answered. The teacher posts a question and students respond with possible answers. By default a Q and A forum requires students to post once before viewing other students' postings.

Inital view of Q&A forum
Students cannot see posts until they post
Other posts visible when editing time is over


The Standard forum displayed like a blog works like the standard forum for general use, but the first post of each discussion is displayed (as in a blog) so that users can read it and then choose to respond by clicking the "Discuss this topic" button bottom right of the post.


Blog like forum


Need more help?