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Forum Types In Moodle

The News & Announcements Forum

The News & Announcements forum is a special forum for class announcements that is automatically created when a course is created. A course can should only one News & Announcements forum and only teachers and administrators can post in the forum. Students are automatically subscribed (Forced) to this forum so any messages will be sent to their email and in addition, an archive of messages is also kept in the course that can be revisited throughout the semester. This forum is the main type of communication to use when you want to communicate information to the entire class. It is one-way only communication.

Alternatively, if you want a Forum for interaction between students, to allow them to create posts, etc., consider which type of forum below would be appropriate for your needs.

Different Forum types to consider:

  1. A single simple discussion
    • A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to (cannot be used with separate groups)
  2. Each person posts one discussion
    • Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to
  3. Q and A forum
    • Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students' posts
  4. Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format
    • An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time, and in which discussion topics are displayed on one page with "Discuss this topic" links
  5. Standard forum for general use
    • An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time

To Add a Forum

  • Turn Editing On
  • Click on the  'Add an Activity' link.
  • Select Forum or Advanced Forum. (The ?-buttons will help guide you.)
  • You can select the desired options by editing the forum settings.
Forum Subscription

Customize the forum 'subscription'  by editing the setting for the forum. Subscription indicates whether students have the option to opt out of receiving email notifications of when posts are made as shown below..

For detailed information, see Using Forum documentation from Moodle