Forums in Moodle

Need a space for you and your students to have discussions? Have response questions that your students need to reply and comment on? Here are step-by-step instructions on how to add the Forum, as well as helpful information on the different types of forums and settings.

1. Select “Forum” from the “Add an activity or resource” menu on your Moodle course page. (Make sure editing is turned on first)

2. Enter the name and a description.

3. Choose the Forum type:

  • A single simple discussion: the instructor posts one thread and students discuss it
  • Each person posts one discussion: every student posts a thread, all of which can be discussed by the class
  • Q and A forum: students ask questions in threads and the instructor (or other students) post answers
  • Standard forum for general use: a typical forum, everyone can post threads and everyone can reply
  • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format: essentially the same as “standard forum for general use“, but gives the participant the option to view each discussion topic with its text, like a blog post instead of a discussion thread.

4. Decide whether or not you want email notifications for Forum posts under “Subscription and tracking“.

There are other options available, so feel free to look around and click on the grey question mark icon to learn more about any of the settings.

5. Click “Save and Display” to view the Forum or “Save and return to course” to go back to the course page.