Discussion forums can be a great way for an instructor to keep students connected in their course(s). There are many different types of discussion forums to choose from, but there are a few that are popular for facilitating conversation and community within your Moodle course.
The Announcement Forum has been automatically added in each Moodle course. The Announcement Forum is a forced subscription forum that will send an email to all enrolled members of the course for every message posted. A benefit to this allows the ability for students who are added to the course late to review previous messages posted to the forum.
Standard Forum for General Use
This is an open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time. This is the best option for a general-purpose forum where students can create threaded discussions (similar to a blog format).
This forum allows the instructor to post questions that they want their students to answer. However, students cannot see their peers’ responses until they post to the forum.
We have more information available on our Adding and Using Forums in Moodle help page about the different types of forums as well as how to add a forum activity in your Moodle course.
Quickmail is a messaging tool built within Moodle that allows instructors to send a message to the entire class or to select students. Students can send messages to other students using Quickmail too.