Moodle: Forum Posts Display Period


The display period advanced forum setting allows instructors to set a display period of a date and time for a forum post to appear, before and after which the post is not visible to students.

Usage, Best Practices, and Considerations

Consider the following for display period usage:

  • Pre-schedule announcements for the term.
  • Make temporary posts to inform students when an instructor is less available, for example is attending a conference.
  • Display end cannot have a user override so it is not recommended to use this to enforce timed responses.
  • This functionality is not available for replies or the single simple discussion forum type.

To Add a Display Period to a Forum Post:

  1. Click on the forum you are contributing to.
  2. Click on the Add a new topic button. Fill in the Subject and Message fields.
  3. Then click Advanced.

    Advanced link for Forum post
  4. Then expand the Display period section and check to enable the display start or end and set the date and time the post should be visible.

    Display period settings
  5. Click Post to forum.

View of Timed Post for Instructors and Students

Instructors will see a label under posts that have a display period set and posts that are not within their display period time will be in red. To see the start or end dates the instructor will need to open and edit the post.

Instructor view of forum post with display period set.

Students  do not see the timed label or any posts outside of their display period.

Student view of forum announcements

Support & Training

The Faculty Technology Center (FTC) provides Moodle support by email, by phone, or live through Zoom. For contact information, please see the article Faculty Technology Center: LSU Overview. To connect through Zoom and for further information on support services and training, see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Faculty Resources & Support page.

The FTC also provides just-in-time faculty training opportunities and recorded training sessions. Attending at least one training session for Moodle upgrades is highly recommended. For a comprehensive list of available workshops and recordings, please see the LSU Online & Continuing Education Technology Training page.

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