SNAP: Activities & Resources: Add a Forum

A forum is a discussion area in Moodle that can be accessed by instructors and students. The discussion forum activity facilitates asynchronous conversations online among course participants (e.g., instructors, students). Participants do not need to be logged into Moodle at the same time to participate in a discussion forum. Some ways to use discussion forums include posting a question and asking students to respond to it and their classmates’ responses, asking students to share their work with other students, facilitating peer review activities, etc.  

If you create Moodle groups/groupings, you may find it useful to have a discussion forum for each group, or set the forum to only allow students to see posts by members of their own group. For more information about Moodle groups, please visit GROK article 18384. For information about Moodle groupings, please visit GROK article 18387


To Add a Forum Activity: 

1. Login to Moodle and select the course you wish to edit.

2. Click Create learning activity at bottom of page.

create learning activity button

PLEASE NOTE: There are two different ways to complete the next step depending on which view you are in. If you see two separate drop-down boxes, click Add an activity and select Forum. For more information about this option, view Activity Chooser Options.

3. Select Forum from under the Activities list. Click the Add button at the bottom of the window.

add forum

4. Name the forum and compose a description. This should describe to all participants the purpose of the forum, instructions, and guidelines. 

name and add description

5. Select the Forum type from the drop-down menu. There are five types:

  • A single simple discussion - A single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short focused discussions (cannot be used with separate groups).
  • Each person posts one discussion - 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.
  • Q and A Forum - Instead of students initiating discussions, the instructor can pose a question in the initial post of a discussion. Students may reply with an answer, but they will not see the replies of other students to the question in that discussion until they have already replied to it themselves. 
    • NOTE: When adding a new question to the forum, instructor should check the box marked 'Post a copy to all groups' unless they have chosen 'No groups' for Group mode.
  • Standard forum for general use - An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum.
  • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format - An open forum in which discussion topics are displayed on one page with "Discuss this topic" links

6. Personalize the Forum activity in the Forum activity settings and Forum subscription settings.

  • NOTE: If you would like students to reply to each others' posts, select No groups for the Group mode setting under Common module settings
  • NOTE: Forum subscription settings cannot be updated after the forum has been created; they are permanent.

7. Select the Save and return to course or Save and display button to save the settings.

save and return or save and display


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