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Computing and Information Services (CIS)

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Discussion Forum

August 3, 2016 - August 3, 2016

Step 1: Click on Turn editing on.
Step 2:Choose a section in your Topic/Weekly outline and select Forum from the Activities pull down menu.


Add forum


Step 3: Complete the required fields (*) under Adding a new Forum, and make sure you choose a forum type that matches your class preference:


Add forum - General


A single simple discussion - A single discussion topic which everyone can reply to
Each person posts one discussion - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to
Q and A forum - Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students' posts
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 discussion at any time


Forum type


Step 4: Under Subscription and tracking:


Forum subscription


Choose a Subscription mode:

Optional subscription - Participants can choose whether to be subscribed
Forced subscription - Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe
Auto subscription - Everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time
Subscription disabled - Subscriptions are not allowed

Note: Any subscription mode changes will only affect users who enroll in the course in the future, and not existing users.

Step 5: Common module settings - Group mode - can be used to set up group restrictions


Common Module Settings - Group


along with


Restriction - Group


Step 6: Click on Save and return to course