User help

Forums

Some course have online forums, which are an important place for interaction.

You go to the forum to read and post messages.

Inside a forum: overview of discussions/threads

Inside a forum, messages are arranged in threads that are grouped according to topic. These are sometimes called discussions.  The thread/discussion with the most recent post floats to the top.

Reading posts: viewing a thread

Click on the subject to open up a thread. You will see all the posts listed in several ways depending on the choice (select from list).

Writing a post or a reply

Click on Add a new discussion topic to start a whole new topic. Click on Reply to write a reply to a post. After posting, you have 30 minutes to edit your post.

About interaction, posting, commenting

Many formal policies amount to these four things:
[From: http://www.corporateblogging.info/2005/06/policies-compared-todays-corporate.asp ]

  • Be nice, don't tell lies, respect confidences, attribute sources ...
  • There is one exception. If you are giving feedback, there is more to it than just 'being nice'.  Sometimes nice feedback is often of no use at all. Sometimes genuine constructive feedback in a learning setting can have a little bit of an edge to it.
  • When posting in an online discussion, you should seek to stay on topic and add something to the discussion.
  • Writing a post using the text editor.
  • Use the on screen text editor that looks something like this. Mouse over the buttons to see what they do; they are a pretty standard selection: bold, italic, indent, bullets etc.

Notes

  1. You may like to type longer posts into a small text editor like Notepad or TextEdit.
  2. Note particularly the Paste from Word option. If you are pasting from Word, click on this button first as it removes unnecessary formatting.
  3. You can change the subject line of the post in your reply if you wish it to better reflect the content.
  4. Being online, making posts and responding to the posts of others is a bit of an art and a skill to be learnt. It may feel strange at first, but stick at it!!

Millions of people make posts in email lists, Facebook and online groups. Here, in iLearn/Moodle, this interaction is for supporting and encouraging your personal learning journey. It can greatly assist in your learning, collaboration, network building and can be fun.

Subscribing and unsubscribing to forums

Want to keep up with forum postings without visiting the forum? Subscribe to the forum. In the forum you will see a subscribe link.

If you are subscribed to a forum, this means that when people post, a notification is sent to your email inbox. You may choose to receive notifications of every post or a daily digest of all the posts from a day in one email. Set these in your profile.

Sharing files (attaching files to a post in a forum)

At the bottom of the screen, you can attach a file to add a post. This could be a Word document, a PDF, an image etc.

Note: If you attach an image, it will appear in your post when it is viewed.