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DISCUSSION FORUMS

Different Types of Discussion Forums

5 Different types of forums you can create in Moodle

  1. A SINGLE SIMPLE DISCUSSION - A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to (cannot be used with separate groups)

    • This type of Forum might be useful for when you want to ask one specific question and have the students reply to your question. The students can also reply to others' responses to your question.

  2. EACH PERSON POSTS ONE DISCUSSION - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to.

    • This type of Forum might be useful for when you want to have 'Introductions' or 'icebreaker discussions'. Each student is limited to creating just one discussion item where they can introduce themselves. Both the teacher and other students can then reply.

  3. Q AND A FORUM - Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students' posts.

    • This type of Forum might be useful when you want to encourage original thought as it keeps the students from seeing other students' posts until he/she has submitted his/her own post first.

  4. STANDARD FORUM FOR GENERAL USE - An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time.

    • This type of Forum might be useful for an open ended discussions where anyone can create new discussions and reply to discussions

    • Some examples:

      • Moodle Technical Help Forum - students can post their questions around any technical problems they are having with Moodle and other students are encouraged to help their peers by replying to them. The instructor can choose to moderate this type of discussion forum or leave it as a student-only forum.

      • Course Assignments Help Forum - students can post discussion items around any questions they may have around the course assignments. Other students can be encouraged to help their peers by replying to them. The instructor would probably want to moderate this type of forum to make sure the students were accurately relaying correct information.

      • Group work - using Moodle's Group functionality, you can allow students to use discussion forum areas that are accessible only to their respective groups. All group discussions are viewable to the instructor.

  5. 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.

    • This type of Forum might be useful for an open ended discussions where anyone can create new discussions and reply to discussions

    • Examples are similar to Standard forum for general use (as above)

Everything else you need to know about using Forums in Moodle can be found on the following pages (or you can continue to view our custom help pages, with step-by-step instructions on frequently used features, by navigating to the next page of this article.

1. Forum Settings

2. Extra information for Teachers and Students about using the Forum Activity

3. FAQ for the Forum Activity

4. More ideas for pedagogical uses for Forums


Here’s a YouTube video that gives a general overview of how to create forums in Moodle.