[ay16-17] Moodle- Creating and Using a Forum


UW-Madison is adopting Canvas as the single, centrally supported learning management system, and discontinuing support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and Moodle. Access to D2L and Moodle will permanently end June 1, 2018. For information about retaining materials from D2L or Moodle, please refer to this document.

This article explain the process of creating a using a forum that can help professors and students communicate with one another quickly and easily.

Creating a Forum

1. First, turn editing on by clicking the Turn Editing on button at the top right corner of your course homepage.

2. In the desired week/topic, click the Add an activity drop-down menu and select Forum.

3. Give the forum a name and description and select the forum type.

4. Set the type of subscription that you'd like your forum to have (see question mark box next to "Subscription mode" for more information).

5. Once finished, click the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the page.

Using a Discussion Forum

Creating a new topic

1. First, go to the forum by clicking the forum’s name on your course homepage.

2. Add a new topic by clicking the Add a new topic button below the forum’s description.

3. Give the topic a name in the “Subject” field and type the topic text in the “Message” field.

4. Browse and modify the remaining settings. You will be able to modify the post for 30 minutes after you save it and a notification is emailed to subscribed users. Checking the “Mail now” box will immediately send this email notification. Once finished, click the Post to forum button at the bottom of the page.

Posting a comment to a topic

1. From within a forum, click on the name of the desired topic.

2. To post a comment, click the Reply link in the topic. You can also reply to other posts. Forums will display posts in nested form by default.

3. Type the comment text in the “Message” field. The reply will automatically be given a subject.

4. Browse and modify the remaining settings as desired. Once finished, click the Post to forum button at the bottom of the page.

Grading forum posts

1. Grading in a forum can be enabled by selecting an “Aggregate type” and “Grade” scale in the forum’s settings page.

2. When grading is enabled in a forum, instructors and non-editing instructors can use the “Rate” drop-down menu in each post of each topic to grade that post.

3. When you have finished giving ratings to posts within a topic, click the Send in my latest ratings button. A student’s total grade for the forum will be calculated from the ratings of all his/her posts according to the aggregation in the forum’s settings.

Forum Aggregation

Exporting Forum Discussions

1. To export your forum discussion posts, first navigate to the discussion thread (see attached photo below)

2. Next, select the destination ("Box" is default)  & display settings ("Display in nested form" is default) and press Export whole Discussion

Forum Export Image

Keywords:forum, create, exporting forum discussion   Doc ID:21567
Owner:Elizabeth H.Group:Moodle
Created:2011-12-02 13:42 CDTUpdated:2018-02-16 11:09 CDT
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
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