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Forum Settings

Forum Settings

  1. Viewing Threads/Replies
    • Standard View allows students to post, reply, and view replies.
    • Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum requires users to create threads in order to view other threads in the forum, they cannot delete or edit their own posts, and cannot post anonymously, settings are set automatically for you.
  2. Grade – Posts can be graded in two different ways:
    • Grade Discussion Forum – Users can have their overall participation throughout the Forum graded. This option creates a Column in the Grade Center and requires a Points Possible entry
      • Uncheck/Check the, “ Show participants in “needs grading” status after every x number of Posts,” selecting this option will display either an in-progress indicator while students are posting their required number of posts and will display the needs grading indicator once the required number of posts are met.
    • Grade Threads – Users can be graded on a Thread-by-Thread basis. If threads are graded users cannot create new threads only the instructor or discussion board manager.
      • Uncheck/Check the, “ Show participants in “needs grading” status after every x number of Posts,” selecting this option will display either an in-progress indicator while students are posting their required number of posts and will display the needs grading indicator once the required number of posts are met.
      • Important Note: Don’t forget to create the starter thread for students. This is also where you will enter the points possible for the thread which then automatically creates a grade center column for the thread.
  3. Due Date – Displays a due date/time for students
  4. Associated Rubrics – Optional
    • Select Add Rubric and choose one of the following options:
      • Select Rubric
        • Select the check box next to the Rubric you want to use
        • Select Submit
        • A confirmation pop-up message appears, select OK to assign the rubric’s Maximum Points as the Points Possible or Cancel to quit
      • Create New Rubric – see Create a Rubric
        • 1. Rubric Information
          • Enter a Name in the Name field and a Description in the Description field
        • 2. Rubric Detail
          • Configure the Rubric Grid to match your feedback and grading criteria
        • Select Submit
      • Create from Existing creates a new Rubric using the existing criteria from a chosen Rubric
        • Select the check box next to the Rubric you want to use
        • Select Submit
        • 1. Rubric Information
          • Enter a Name in the Name field and a Description in the Description field
        • 2. Rubric Detail
          • Configure the Rubric Grid to match your feedback and grading criteria
        • Select Submit
        • A confirmation pop-up message appears, select OK to assign the rubric’s Maximum Points as the Points Possible or Cancel to quit
      • The chosen Rubric information appears
        • Select the red “X” icon to Remove the Rubric
        • Select the paper icon to View the Rubric
        • Select the paper and pencil icon to Edit the Rubric
        • For Type: choose either Used for Grading or Used for Secondary Evaluation
        • For Show Rubric to Students: select one of the following:
          • No (default)
          • Yes (With Rubric Scores) (Recommended)
          • Yes (Without Rubric Scores)
          • After Grading
  5. Subscribe – Subscriptions alert users to updates to Threads or Forums, these alerts are sent to users by email.
    • Do not allow subscriptions
    • Allow members to subscribe to threads
    • Allow members to subscribe to forum
      • Include body of Post in the Email: The entire post is sent in the body of the email message.
      • Recommended: Include link to post: A link to the post is sent in the body of the email message.
  6. Create and Edit
    • Allow Anonymous Posts – Users post without revealing their names. If forums are graded then allow anonymous posts is not available. (If you want to set up a “Questions” forum that is not graded, this can work very nicely. Often students will post an anonymous question about the course and their concerns will actually be answered by another student. Otherwise, it is important for students to take responsibility for what they have posted.)
    • Allow Author to Delete Own Posts – Users can delete all their own posts or just posts without replies. Deleted posts cannot be recovered.
    • Allow Author to Edit Own Published Posts – Users can edit their own posts, but no record of their original post is kept. (Some instructors set the forum to NOT allow edits after a post, but this can lead to less free flowing discussion, as students will be hesitant to post if they can’t go back and correct mistakes in fact, spelling, words, etc. It is almost always a good idea to NOT allow REMOVAL of post. This avoids hit and run flaming. Even if they use the edit function to take out the offending post, the fact that they posted is still evident.)
    • Allow Members to Create New Threads – Allows users to create new threads in the Forum. If Threads are graded, members cannot create new Threads and members cannot post anonymously.
    • Allow File Attachments – This is enabled by default. Users can add files to messages as attachments. Attaching large files will slow down the Discussion Board.
    • Allow Users to Reply with Quote – This is enabled by default. When users select Quote, the message they are replying to is included in the post.
    • Force Moderation of Posts – This requires all messages to be reviewed by a Moderator before they can be published to the Forum. The Instructor is the Manager of the Forum and can moderate all posts. Others can be assigned the role of Moderator to determine if posts are published to the Forum or returned to the author for editing. Designating a Moderator enables a student to remove or block messages on a discussion forum. (This function falls more under a Teaching Assistant’s role.)
  7. Additional Options
    • Allow Post Tagging – Tagging allows instructors to “tag” a Post with the key topics one might find in it to make it easier to retrieve in searches. For example, you might Tag any Posts that contain the topic Impressionist Artist. Different from Search, tagging pulls the posts that discuss the topic but doesn’t necessarily contain the actual words. For faster Discussion Board page loading, do not allow message tagging.
    • Allow Members to Rate Posts – Users can rate posts in the Forum on a scale of 1-5 stars as a form of peer review.