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In this article you will learn how to create and configure the Forum activity and what different types of forums PANDA provides.

What needs to be done?

  • Create forum activity
  • Adjust settings

Step-by-step instructions

Switch on editing

Switch above the course

In most cases you will need to activate the edit mode in your course. Only then you will have the appropriate buttons to create materials and activities in your course or to edit the settings.

  • Above the course content you will find a button "Activate editing".

After the editing mode is switched on, all editing options are available to you.

Create forum

Add activity / material

Select an appropriate topic (default) or week in the week view and click on "Add material or activity". It does not matter if the topic is empty or already contains other activities or materials.

Selection dialogue

In the following selection dialogue select Forum and click on "Add". This creates a task in the current section and redirects to the settings page.

Edit forum settings

Next, you define the behavior and form of the forum. Options marked with a red * are mandatory.

Basic entries

Basic entries
Forum name*
Name of the forum, displayed in the course / topic view.
Description
Meaningful description.
Show description in course
Determines whether the description is displayed in topic or week view
Forum type
Specifies the forum type. You determine the look and functionality. A more detailed description of the individual types can be found in section Forum types.

Attachments and word count

Maximum file size
Defines the maximum possible size (in KB) per uploaded file (attachment)
Attachments (max.)
This setting determines the maximum number of attachments allowed per post in this forum.
Show word count
Determines whether the number of words in a post should be displayed.

Subscription and tracking

Subscription
All subscribers of this forum will receive the contributions as messages. There are different modes for a subscription
  • Optional - all may choose whether they want to subscribe to the forum or not
  • Obligatory - everyone has subscribed to the forum and nobody can unsubscribe
  • Automatic - everyone has subscribed to the forum, but may unsubscribe at any time
  • Disabled - The forum cannot be subscribed by anyone
Tracking
If this option is enabled, students will see read and unread posts marked differently in the forum.
  • Optional - The marking can be turned on and off. Students can find a marker in the forum administration if they have enabled forum tracking in their personal settings.
  • Mandatory - The marking is always on, whether or not students have Forum Tracking enabled in their personal settings.
  • Off - The marking is always off. Read and unread posts are treated the same.


Locking users

Locking users

Some of these options are inactive. They are only activated once the corresponding dependent option has been activated or changed.

Time window
Defines the time window in which users are allowed to write a maximum number of posts as specified in the Block user option field before the user is blocked.
Lock user
Defines the maximum number of posts from when a user is blocked.
Warning
Defines the number of contributions from when a warning is displayed. This should be smaller than the number in the Block user field.


Evaluation

Evaluation category
The setting determines in which category of the depreciation area the activity is displayed.
Assessment for passing
This option sets the minimum score required to pass. The value is used when the activity and course are completed. In addition, passing is indicated in green and failing in red.


Evaluations

Basic entries

Some of these options are inactive. They are only activated once the corresponding dependent option has been activated or changed.

Roles, which are allowed to make evaluations
Users with the following roles should be able to evaluate contributions. An adjustment is possible via the 'Change rights' link in the Settings block.
Summation type
The summation type determines how the individual scores are combined into a final score.
Rating scale
Type of rating for this activity.
  • Scale - provides a drop down field with a rating scale
  • point - provides an input field for a score
Restrict ratings to posts that were created in the period
Specifies that ratings are only accepted for a certain period of time.
From and To
Sets the time period for ratings to be limited to posts created during the period.

Other settings

Explanations for further setting options can be found in the Official Moodle Documentation.

Forum types

There are 5 different forum types. These have different functions:

Standard forum
Open forum, where anyone can open a new topic at any time and reply to all posts in an overview all subject lines are shown.
Discussion to a topic
Forum on a single topic to which all users may reply. This type does not work with separate groups.
Each person may create exactly one thread
Forum where each person may start exactly one topic. All persons may then reply to all topics.
Question-answer forum
Forum, where all people have to write their own post first before they can see and reply to other people's posts.
(Similar to: StackExchange, Gutefrage, etc.)
Standard forum in blog-like display
Open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time and reply to all posts. In an overview, subject lines and the beginning of the post are visible, a link leads to the respective total post and its answers.

See also


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