Adding a Forum

Forums can facilitate class discussion without real-time interaction. Forums are a great way for students to discuss and engage with assignments or for the instructor to interact with students on a deeper level in an online course environment.

For a comparison of forums vs. advanced forums, click here.



1. From your course homepage, click Turn editing on (in the upper-left corner or in the “Settings” panel beneath “Course Administration”)

2. Click +Add a resource or activity > select Forum from the popup window and hit Add.

3. A page will open allowing you to add and edit content or adjust the setting of your forum.  Enter the forum name and a forum introduction into the required fields. You may also format text, add a grading system for the forum, and adjust other settings.  There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students’ posts. A teacher can allow files to be attached to forum posts. Attached images are displayed in the forum post.