Note for Contributors This page should explain what can be seen on the moodlesite.com/course/mod.php page when adding a forum
Creating or editing a forum activity, you will fill in the following data:
- 1 Forum name
- 2 Forum type
- 3 Forum introduction
- 4 Can a student post to this forum?
- 5 Force everyone to be subscribed?
- 6 Read tracking for this forum?
- 7 Maximum attachment size
- 8 Allow posts to be rated?
- 9 Group mode
- 10 Visible to students
A short name of the forum (e.g. "Favourite colour"), which will be displayed on the course homepage.
For now, there are three forum types to choose from:
- A single simple discussion - a single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short focussed discussions
- Standard forum for general use - an open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum
- Each person posts one discussion - each person can post exactly one new discussion topic (everyone can reply to them though); this is useful when you want each student to start a discussion about, say, their reflections on the week's topic, and everyone else responds to these
Type the description of the forum here. Include precise instructions for students regarding the subject of the forum and, if necessary, the grading criteria.
Can a student post to this forum?
This option allows you to restrict students from posting new content in this forum.
For most forums you will want to leave students unrestricted, for which you should choose the first option (Discussions and replies are allowed). Thus, you will choose to allow them to start new discussion topics (threads), and also to post replies within those threads.
Sometimes, however, you will want to disable this ability. For example, this is useful for the News forum when you only want teachers to post new items that appear on the course main page. In this case you might choose the third option No discussions, no replies.
Sometimes you might want to only allow teachers to start new discussions, but still allow students to reply within those threads (for example within the news forum on the site home page). In this case you would choose the second option, No discussions, but replies are allowed.
Force everyone to be subscribed?
When a person is subscribed to a forum it means that they will be sent email copies of every post in that forum (posts are sent about 30 minutes after the post was first written).
People can usually choose whether or not they want to be subscribed to each forum.
However, if you choose to force subscription on a particular forum then all course users will be subscribed automatically, even those that enrol at a later time.
This is especially useful in the News forum and in forums towards the beginning of the course (before everyone has worked out that they can subscribe to these emails themselves).
If you choose the option "Yes, initially" then all current and future course users will be subscribed initially but they can unsubscribe themselves at any time. If you choose "Yes, forever" then they will not be able to unsubscribe themselves.
Note how the "Yes, initially" option behaves when you update an existing forum: Changing from "Yes, initially" to "No" will not unsubscribe existing users, it will only affect future course users. Similarly changing later to "Yes, initially" will not subscribe existing course users but only those enrolling later.
Read tracking for this forum?
If 'read tracking' for forums is enabled, users can track read and unread messages in forums and discussions. The instructor can choose to force a tracking type on a forum using this setting.
There are three choice for this setting:
- Optional [default] - students can turn tracking on or off for the forum at their discretion
- On - tracking is always on
- Off - tracking is always off
Maximum attachment size
Attachments can be limited to a certain size file, chosen by the person who set up the forum.
Sometimes it is possible to upload a file larger than this size, but the file will not be saved on the server and you might see an error.
Allow posts to be rated?
Here you will have to consider whether or not enable two options:
If you decide to rate posts on the forum, you will have to define settings of the three following aspects:
If you want everybody to rate posts, choose 'Everyone can rate posts'. Otherwise, pick 'Only teachers can rate posts'.
If you want to keep the grades known only to the individual students graded, you should choose the option 'Students can only see their own ratings'. If there is no such a need, opt for 'Students can see everyone's ratings'.
There are several grading scales you can choose from. You can give a number of points to each post (from 1 to 100) or you can opt for two other scales: Scale: satisfactory (Outstanding, Satisfactory and Not satisfactory) or Separate and Connected ways of knowing (Mostly Connected Knowing, Separate and Connected, Mostly Separate Knowing). More information about the latter one are to be found here.
Restrict ratings to posts with dates in this range
If you enable the Use ratings option, you will also face the necessity of choosing whether or not enable another option restricting ratings to posts in terms of time.
This sets the group mode of the choice activity to one of the following three:
- no groups
- separate groups
- visible groups
Visible to students
You can hide the activity from students by selecting "Hide" here. It is useful if you wouldn't like to make the activity available immediately.