Adding a forum to your Moodle site creates a space for students to communicate with you and each other, and to share files, links, images or videos with the class.
Examples from Amherst Faculty
- The Four-Role Discussion Forum to Promote Critical Analysis - Michaela Brangan, LJST
- Using Discussion Forums to Support Student Learning - Kristen Luschen, American Studies (article courtesy Amherst CTL)
- Developing Student-Facilitated Asynchronous Discussions in a Contemporary Anthropology Course - Chris Dole, Anthropology (article courtesy Amherst CTL)
General Tips & Info
- If you'd like students to submit work that only the instructor can see, use an assignment instead.
- Note that the "Announcements Forum" found in all Moodle sites is a one-way communciation channel for the instructor to post announcements which then get emailed to the class. Students cannot post to the Announcements forum.
- If you'd like a forum to which students can post anonymously, email askIT@amherst.edu and we can add one for you.
Add a Forum to Moodle
- Turn on editing using the button in the top menu bar.
- In the section where you want the forum to live, click Add an Activity or Resource, select Forum, and click Add.
- Give the forum a name, and provide some instructions or a discussion prompt.
- Click Save and Return to Course.
While the default standard forum is fine for most purposes, faculty can choose from a couple other forum types.
Standard forum for general use (default): One forum that can contain multiple discussion threads. Students will see an introduction text in a separate space above the list of discussions. Students see a button to start a new discussion (thread). This format is useful if the forum may contain posts about a variety of topics, or if you want each student to have their own thread.
Single, simple discussion: All posts will be viewable on one screen, and students post by replying to the instructor or another student. teachers posts a question and students are able only to reply. They cannot start a new topic of discussion. This is useful if the forum is about a single topic or is simply to share files or basic information.
Question and Answer: This is a very specific forum type in which the instructor posts a question and the students post responses. A student cannot see what anyone else has written until they have posted a response.
Standard forum displayed like a blog works like the standard forum for general use, but the first post of each discussion is displayed (as in a blog) so that users can read it and then choose to respond by clicking the "Discuss this topic" button bottom right of the post.