How to Create a Forum


A forum is an activity where students and teachers can exchange ideas by posting comments. A forum can contribute significantly to successful communication and community building in an online environment.

To create a forum:

1. Make sure that you have Turned editing on. on 

2. Go to the appropriate Topic or Week and select Add an activity - Forum.

3. Fill in the Forum name and Forum introduction and choose the appropriate settings. Important settings are noted below. 

There are 5 forum types:

  • A single simple discussion - A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to
  • Each person posts one discussion - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to
  • Q and A forum - Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students' posts
  • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format - An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time, and in which discussion topics are displayed on one page with "Discuss this topic" links
  • Standard forum for general use - An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time
The links below show details on each type of forum. This includes how to set them up, why to use them, and more.

Single Simple Discussion
Each person posts one discussion
Q and A forum
Forum in blog-like format
Standard forum for general use