Moodle Forums

Moodle Forums

Resource Videos for Moodle Forums

For users that are interested in learning more about Discussion Forums in Moodle (eClass), please take some time to view the supplemental videos in this playlist. Each video was curated or created by a staff member in the Office of Digital Learning and Instructional Design Services with the purpose of serving our faculty, staff, and student populations in web-enhanced, hybrid, and fully online courses. These videos cover basic settings and editing of discussion forums, how to make a post or reply, discussion forum tips for students, and much more.

Moodle Forums Guide

A Discussion Forum is an activity within eClass that allows instructors and students to exchange ideas. Usually, instructors will post a topic where instructors and students can exchange ideas by creating discussion threads and posting replies and comments. Instructors may also use forums to post important course news. Forums also allow for asynchronous discussions and increased peer interaction.

A forum can contribute significantly to:

  • engagement
  • communication
  • community building in an online learning environment.

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Best Practices

One of the most common ways that faculty can ensure regular and substantive interaction is through the use of discussion forums, also referred to as threaded discussions. This course design and pedagogical strategy is especially well-suited for content-based courses, although skill-based courses can also make productive use of the approach through peer feedback discussions and metacognitive writing prompts. Threaded discussions typically involve three phases: 1) a faculty-initiated writing prompt linked to course content or student learning (either text-based or aligned with audio/video clip); 2) student responses to the writing prompt (with firm deadline); and 3) student replies to their classmates’ initial responses (with firm deadline). The last phase is important to ensuring student-student interaction and inviting a genuine discussion.