Moodle: Creating forums

There are several types of forums available in Moodle. This guide will explain the types of forums and how to setup a Standard forum for general use with features that are commonly used including attachments.

Types of forums

News forum

  • Located in the first section of the middle column.
  • Used for general announcement postings by the teacher. Only the teacher can access general announcement postings for editing.
  • Automatically generates an email to all participants after 30 minutes.

A single simple discussion

Used for short focused discussions.

Each person posts one discussion

Each person may start one discussion.

Everyone may reply to posted discussions.

Q and A forum

  • Participants post an initial discussion in the form of a question
  • Participant must reply to a posted question before they see replies from other participants.

Standard forum for general use

General purpose forum where anyone may start a new topic.

Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format

Similar to Standard forum for general use except formatting resembles a blog.

To create a forum

  • Click Turn editing on.
  • In the desired topic/week, click Add an activity or resource.
  • Select Forum from the Activities list → Add.
  • Complete the desired fields, noting the following:
    • Forum name – The forum name as it will appear on the Moodle course.
    • Description – Used to provide participants with guidelines for the forum.
    • Forum type – Determines the way the forum functions.
  • Other settings include attachments, tracking and limiting time to post.
  • Click Save and return to course.
  • Remember to post to the forum or students will not be able to post.

To post to a forum

  • Click the forum title on the course page.
  • Click Add a new discussion topic.
  • In the Your new discussion topic section, complete the Subject and Message fields.
  • To add an attachment, drag and drop the desired files into the designated area or click the icon of a file with a plus sign to open the file picker.
  • Click Post to forum.

Updated: 1/17/2017