Add a Forum Activity to a CLE Course

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Forums can help engage students by providing a place for asynchronous discussion outside of class time. By turning on the Forum Ratings feature, an instructor can also provide grades to students based on the quality or quantity of their participation in the forums. 

Create a Forum Configure Forum Set Up Forced Subscription

To create a Forum:

  1. Log in to the CLE and go to the CLE course where you would like to add the Forum  
  2. At the top-right of the CLE, turn Edit mode on.
  3. Inside the course section where the Forum should be displayed, click the Add an activity or resource link.
  4. In the window that appears, select the Forum resource type. This will take you to the settings page for the new Forum.

    • Enter a Name for your Forum. The text entered here will be the link students will click on to enter the Forum.
    • Enter a Description; this is a good place to enter information about which topics you would like students to discuss in this particular forum. The description will be displayed to students after they click to enter the activity; you can also choose to display it on the front page of your course by checking the box
    • Select a Forum type from the drop-down menu:
      • A single simple discussion: A single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short, focused discussions (cannot be used with separate groups)
      • Each person posts one discussion: Each person can post exactly one new discussion topic (everyone can reply to them); this is useful when you want each student to start a discussion about, say, their reflections on the week's topic, and everyone else responds to these.
      • Q and A Forum: Instead of initiating discussions, participants pose a question in the initial post of a discussion. Students may reply with an answer, but they will not see the replies of other Students to the question in that discussion until they have themselves replied to the same discussion.
      • 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
      • Standard forum for general use: An open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum
  5. Click Save and display or Save and return to course
The Announcement Forum is a special forum that is created automatically in any CLE course, has forced subscriptions set by default, and only users with appropriate permissions (instructors) can post in it.
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