Add a Forum

  1. Login into your Moodle
  2. Click on the course name to go into your Moodle course.
  3. Click the Turn editing on button in the top right corner.
  4. In the week/topic you wish to add as resource, click on Add a resource or activity link.
  5. Scroll down the list and select the Forum activity you wish to add and then click the Add button.
  6. Fill in required fields that have a red asterisk. In this activity, the Forum name is the forum title and the Description field is where you will enter the discussion question. Not a required field but one you need to know about is Forum type. There are 5 forum types:
    • A single simple discussion – a single discussion topics that everyone can reply to
    • Each person can posts one discussion – each student can post one new topic discussion question which everyone can reply to.
    • Q and A forum – Students must post their reply before viewing other posts.
    • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format – an open forum where anyone can start a new discussion and each discussion topic is a link for a separate page.
    • Standard forum for general use – an open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time.


    Note: As an instructor, you can customize your Discussion Forum by selecting any number of fields available when creating a Forum activity. Listed below are a sample of a few recommend sections.

  7. If you want to limit replies to a question or the number of attachments, update the Attachments and word count section.
  8. If you want to define the subscription and tracking of this question, update the Subscription and tracking section. There are (4) options you may choose to define this parameter:
    • Optional subscription – everyone who has access to the forum can decide whether they would like to subscribe to this forum.
    • Forced subscription – everyone who has access to the forum is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe.
    • Auto subscription - everyone who has access to the forum will initially be subscribed to this forum but can unsubscribe at any time.
    • Subscription disabled – subscriptions to this forum is not allowed.

  9. If you want to place the grade for this discussion in a particular category in the grade book, update the Grade section.
  10. If you want to select the aggregate type and the number of points for this forum update the Ratings section.
  11. If you want to specify how this activity will be marked complete, update the Activity completion section.
    • Note: In this section, you can determine number of replies, that they receive a grade, and the expected completion date.

  12. Once you have updated all the sections to meet your requirements, scroll down and click on the Save and return to course or Save and display buttons to save your forum.