Create a Discussion Forum

To create a discussion forum:

  1. From the upper right of your Moodle course homepage, click Turn editing on.
  2. In the section from where you would like to link the discussion forum, from the Add an activity... drop-down menu, choose Forum. The Adding a new Forum form will open.
  3. Fill out the Adding a new Forum form. Be sure to give your Forum a name and provide a brief introduction. The introduction will appear at the top of the Forum's page and may include instructions and/or a prompt.
  4. From the Forum Type drop-down menu, choose an option.
    • Standard forum for general use: creates a threaded discussion. This is best when you have a complicated or long discussion that benefits from clear organization.
    • Single simple discussion: creates a flat discussion board in which all posts and replies appear on one screen. This is best when you want to see all posts at a glance.
  5. From the Force everyone to be subscribed? drop-down menu, choose an option.
    • No: allows students to choose whether or not to receive email updates when a new post is posted. (In most cases, students will be automatically subscribed after they contribute to a discussion board; this will depend on the student's individual Moodle account settings.)
    • Yes, initially: Moodle will send out an email update to all students whenever a new post is posted, but gives students the option to unsubscribe themselves.
    • Yes, forever: Moodle will send an email update to all students whenever a new post is posted and does not allow students to unsubscribe themselves.
  6. Adjust other settings as needed. Click Save and return to course.