Whenever an instructor creates a forum, they make a basic decision on subscription. Forum subscription is the process of sending emails of postings to participants. The instructor has four options:

  • Optional subscription - Participants can choose whether to be subscribed
  • Forced subscription - Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe
  • Auto subscription - Everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time
  • Subscription disabled - Subscriptions are not allowed

If the instructor chooses forced or subscription disabled there is nothing for a student to do.

Managing Your Subscription

With auto or optional subscription, students choose whether they want to get emails when they post a message to the forum. Just below the message field is a subscription option that controls the student's subscription for the entire forum. The default is to not subscribe. 

Assuming that they are allowed to, a user can change their subscription by clicking the Subscribe or Unsubscribe button for the entire forum, or click the toggles to subscribe to specific threads.


There is also an unsubscribe link at the bottom of the each email message you get from a forum that you are subscribed to.