30-050 Forum

 

Overview

In the course element Forum you can facilitate online discussions in your course: Participants compose entries with questions about the content of your course and answer those of others or wait for your answer to them. The forum is visible for all course members. Repeatedly posed questions only have to be answered once. With this course element you can be reassured that all members of the course have access to the same knowledge.

Important Steps

  1. Open your course via Authoring.
  2. Click onto Administration and then onto Course editor. The Course editor opens up.
  3. Choose Insert course elements in the upper left-hand corner and under Communication and Collaboration the course element Forum. The course element has been added to the course structure and can (if necessary) be moved to a different place via Drag&Drop. Alternatively it is possible to add course elements with the Quick-Add function in the yellow-lined menu on top of the course: Insert the name of the course element into the Quick-Add bar and push the Enter button.
  4. Fill in the title shown in the course structure under Title in the tab Title and description and, if desired, fill in the Description. Click onto Insert additional information to add Objectives, instructions or instructions for the coach. In Addition to this, you can Set a link for this course element by clicking onto the blue text and copying the predefined link. Save your changes.
  5. In the tabs Visibility and Access or Learning path you can, if desired, regulate the visibility and the access to the course elements:
    • If your course is a Conventional course, you will find more detailed information in HelpCard 10-030.
    • If your course is a Learning path course, you will find more detailed information in HelpCard 10-031.
  6. In the tab Layout you can change the layout of course elements. You can add background images to course elements or change the font colour. How to do this you will find in HelpCard 10-033 Layout.
  7. In the tab Configuration you can configure who will have the user rights to Create forum posts or be Moderator of the forum. You can also configure that students are allowed to use an alias when composing forum posts by ticking the option Allow posts using an alias. Should the users not choose a different pseudonym for their posts, this alias will automatically stay the same for them.
  8. You can also allow guests (users without a user account) to create entries. Please note that you will need to switch the access to your whole course to Guest in that case (for further information see HelpCard 10-070).
  9. Click onto the red X in the upper right-hand corner to close the Course editor. To publish these changes, choose the option Yes, automatically (for further information about the publishing of course contents see HelpCard 10-020). The course view has been adjusted to include any changes made.
  10. Click onto the course element. With the button Open new topic you can create a first entry. By clicking onto Save you will publish the entry into the forum.
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