How do I create an Advanced Forum?


Prepare:


Creating an Advanced Forum

  1. If your course is in topic view, in the section in where you want the page located, select the Add an activity or resource link.
    -or-
    If your course is in folder view, in the section in where you want the page located, select the Add resource link.
     
  2. Select Advanced Forum from the menu, then scroll down and click Add.

     
  3. Complete the General settings form by providing a Forum name, selecting Forum type, and writing an introduction for students to view in the Description.
    Name and Description

  4. When selecting the Forum type choose one of the following options.
    • There are 5 forum types:
    • A single simple discussion - A single discussion topic to which everyone can reply (cannot be used with separate groups)
    • Each person posts one discussion - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, to which everyone can then reply
    • 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
  5. Elect options to determine how students are notified of activity in the forum and to control attachments posted.
    Additional general settings

  6. Under Post threshold for blocking your are able to moderate the forum and place limitations on the number of posts your students can make with in a given time period.
    Threshhold for blocking

  7. Proceed to the Grade area to set if and how the discussion forum will be graded. (You will also need to set the ratings in the Ratings section, otherwise the forum will not be graded.)
    • If the Grade type is set to Rating, you will be able to grade the forum post on the forum from a pulldown menu at each post.
    • If the Grade type is set to Manual, you will grade the forum post in the gradebook.
  8. Set the Maximum grade to the total point value students can earn in this discussion.
    Grade section of the advanced forum grade settings
     
  9. In the Rating section choose the Aggregate type.
    forum settings ratings section
     
  10. The Aggregate type defines how ratings are combined to form the final grade in the gradebook.
  11. The most commonly used Aggregate type is Sum of ratings. Sum of ratings will add the scores of the ratings from separate posts and replies without exceeding the Maximum grade set in the Grade section.
    • Average of ratings - The mean of all ratings
    • Count of ratings - The number of rated items becomes the final grade. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
    • Maximum - The highest rating becomes the final grade
    • Minimum - The smallest rating becomes the final grade
    • Sum - All ratings are added together. Note that the total cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
      If No ratings is selected, then the activity will not appear in the gradebook.

  12. Review the Common module settings, here you may choose whether the forum should be visible or not to your students. If you have developed predetermined groups the common module settings will allow you to segment discussions by groups.
    Common Module Settings
     
  13. If necessary, place conditions or date related restrictions on accessibility to the forum.
    Access restriction

  14. Select the apppropriate Save/Cancel action.
    Save assignment

View the video below to learn more about:

Moodle Forums

To view the full screen visit the following page on YouTube.

 

2017-05-22 21:27 Josh Bruck
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