Active Forums block

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Features

  • Active Forums Block allows users to view forum activity in a tag cloud style.
  • The most active discussions will be displayed bold and large while less active discussions are less prominent.
  • Help users to differentiate and track the discussion activity over a certain period of time.
  • Show all discussion forums activity but News forums are excluded by default

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Installing

This Active Forums block is installed like other blocks (See: How to install a block)

Once the Active Forums Block installed, by using it in the course as the following:

Configuration

It is possible to achieve the following configurations:

  • Block instance title: There can be multiple instances of the Active Forums block. You may want to show a different time period for active forum discussions in same course.
  • Period checked (days): This option lets a teacher set different time frames for forum activity in a course.
  • Maximum name length before truncation: This option constrains the discussion title to a maximum length, before it is truncated and displayed in the block. With this, a teacher can allow discussion titles to be shown at full length or they can shorten the titles to reduce space occupied by the tag cloud.
  • Maximum discussions in tag cloud: In periods of high activity, there may be many active forums. A teacher can restrict the number of discussions displayed to reduce the space occupied by the discussion tag cloud.
  • Include News forums: News forums are used to make announcements, so students will not be able to be active in them. By default, therefore, these are not shown among active forums.