Creating a Discussion Forum

Use forums to organize your discussion topics into categories. Your course can have multiple forums and topics, but you must create a forum before you can create a topic since all topics belong to forums.


1. To create a Forum, access the discussions tool by clicking Tools on the Course Home navigation bar. Then select Discussions.

Click Tools. Select Discussion.

2. Click New, and then select New Forum from the drop-down menu.

Click New, and select New Forum.

3. Enter a Title and Description for your Forum.

enter a title and description for the discussion

4. The following settings can be applied under the Options interface:

  • Allow anonymous posts - Select this option if you want to enable users to post anonymously. 
  • A moderator must approve individual posts before they display in the forum - Select this option to ensure that posts are approved by a moderator before they display in the forum.
  • Users must start a thread before they read and reply to other threads in each topic - Select this option to ensure user participation.
  • Display forum description in topics - Select this option to display a discussion forum description within a discussion topic description. 
  • Availability - Select visibility options for your forum.
  • Locking Options - Select locking options to prevent users from accessing the forum until it is unlocked.

discussion options

5. Click Save and Close

click save and close

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