By default each course site in Moodle has an Announcements Forum. Additional forums can be added to a course site to promote engagement and interactivity.
The Announcements Forum is a special forum that is automatically created for each course and for the front page of the site and is a place for general announcements. This is a forced subscription forum that will send an email to all enrolled members of the course for every message posted. A benefit of this is the ability for students adding the course late to review previous messages posted in the forum.
When you add a new forum, you must choose one of five different types (though the most commonly used types are Standard forum for general use and Q and A forum):
To “pin” a discussion topic to the top of your forum:
You can select “Pinned” when creating a new discussion thread by clicking Advanced and checking the [Pinned] checkbox.
Or you can select an existing discussion topic and select the Pin this discussion under the […] on the Forum activity page
or by opening up the discussion topic and selecting Pin this discussion under the Settings menu.
Faculty and students are also able to Star discussions in the same locations or by clicking the star to the left of the discussion name. This acts as a personal version of “Pinned discussions” placing them at the top of the person’s list of discussion topics for that forum.
When a participant is subscribed to a forum it means they will receive email copies of forum posts. Under “Subscription Mode” there are 4 subscription mode options you can choose from:
Whole forum grading is a new feature that allows the instructor to view and grade the entirety of a student’s forum postings on a single, intuitive page. To set it up:
Located in the Gear icon drop-down list, the forum summary report allows the instructor to see a report of all student activity on a forum as well as export a file (.csv, .xlsx, .pdf, etc) of all students’ posts and replies for that given forum.
When replying to discussion posts, there is the option to reply privately to the post’s author.
Faculty are able to lock discussions to prevent further posts and replies. This can be done under the vertical ellipsis button on the main Forum page or under the Settings menu within the discussion post itself.
When viewing the list of discussion topics in a forum, one can sort the list in the following ways: