Moodle Forum Settings Support
Login to course and Turn editing on, located on the black bar at the top under 'Course Administration'.
Click on the "Add an activity or resource" . There is a pop-up window that will have all the activities and resources listed.
In an existing forum, the following settings can be found in Settings > Forum administration > Edit settings.
A short name of the forum (e.g. "Discussion Forum Week #1 "), which will be displayed on the course homepage.
A News forum is a special type of forum that is automatically created with a new course.
Description = Instructions
Place the description of the forum here. It has the standard Moodle HTML editor tool-bar to assist the teacher.
TIP: It is a good practice to include precise instructions for students regarding the subject of the forum and the rating and grading criteria that might be used in this forum.
Set the subscription mode. By default it is set to Optional. Note there will be a 30 minute editing timer placed on each posting and/or reply.
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: If a person is subscribed to the forum, they will get an email for every posting and reply.
Participants can track read and unread messages in the forum and in discussions. By default participants will see if there are any unread posts per forum.
The Maximum attachment size that may be attached to a forum post will first be determined by the Moodle site settings (500KB). The teacher may want a smaller size limit for the forum. Server file capacity, student downloading speeds and discouraging images in a document centered discussion are a few reasons to limit file size.
Maximum number of attachments - This setting specifies the maximum number of files that can be attached to a forum post.
Diplays word count - Show the number of words.
Post threshold for blocking
Students can be blocked from posting more than a given number of posts in a given time period.
Step 9 Grade
This setting controls the category in which this activity's grades are placed in the Gradebook, only if you have the categories set up in the Gradebook.
Step 10 Ratings
Set the ratings if this forum will have points that will count towards the final grade. Point scale 1-300 possible.
More information on forum ratings
Common Module settings
Group settings, Group Mode - When course group mode is turned on, the group mode can be one of three levels: No groups, Separate groups or Visible groups.
More information on groups click here.
Restrict access settings
The restrict access section asks for the conditions when the activity (or resource) should be visible. This can be based upon dates, and/or score ranges of other activities and/or if other activities are considered completed. Note that ALL access restrictions (date, grade condition, activity completion condition) have to be met in order for the activity to be made available.
Allow access from
The Access from date determines the day, month and year students may first access the activity via the assignment name link on the course page. To activate this option, click in the Enable check-box to add a tick.
This setting determines any grade conditions which must be met in order for students to access the activity. Multiple grade conditions may be set using the 'Add 2 grade conditions to form' button. If there are multiple completion conditions applied to an activity, it will only be accessible to students when all grade conditions are met.
Before activity can be accessed
Before a student has fulfilled the the Grade Conditions specified above and the activity is still inaccessible to them, you can choose whether to show the activity grayed-out on the course page with the grade conditions listed (restriction information) or to hide the activity from student view entirely.
Save or Cancel
-Allows to save and go back to main Moodle page.
- Allows to save and display new page/activity.
- will not save any changes, and send back to main Moodle page.