This is basically a bulletin board. You may create a forum to discuss various topics for your class. To add a â€œForum,â€ select â€œForumâ€ from the â€œAdd an activityâ€ menu. This will take you to the â€œForumâ€ page:
Again, there are help buttons next to each pull-down menu (the â€œ?â€ buttons). You will be required to give the forum a name, and an introduction. The â€œForum typeâ€ offers four choices: â€œA single simple discussion,â€ â€œEach person posts one discussion,â€ â€œQ and Aâ€ or â€œStandard forum for general use.â€ In â€œA single simple discussion,â€ you have just a single topic, all on one page. Useful for short, focused discussions. In â€œEach person posts one discussion,â€ 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. The â€œQ & Aâ€ forum requires students to post their perspectives before viewing other students' postings. After the initial posting, students can view and respond to others' postings. This feature allows equal initial posting opportunity among all students, thus encouraging original and independent thinking. In â€œStandard forum for general use,â€ you have an open forum where any one can start a new topic at any time. The â€œStandard forumâ€ is the most commonly used forum.
Next is the â€œForce everyone to be subscribed?â€ option. If this is set to â€œYes,â€ then every student in your class will get an email copy of every post in the forum. This might get old in a big discussion group, but would be useful if the forum were a class news forum where students would be emailed any new announcements. Students can always elect to be subscribed to a forum if this setting is set to â€œNo.â€
Your next option is â€œRead tracking for this forumâ€. 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 choices for this setting: