Participating in a Course Discussion

To begin participating in a forum, click the link for the forum.

  1. Click the Add a New Discussion Topic button.
  2. Type a subject and message for your post.
  3. When ready, click the Post to Forum button.

To read a post made by a classmate, click the post's title. You can respond to the post by clicking the Reply link. Type your reply and click the Post to forum button.

Email Notifications (Subscription)

If you are subscribed to a forum, you will be notified by email of every subsequent post to that forum. These emails allow you to stay informed when new posts are added. Depending on the number of responses to the forum, this could quickly fill up your mailbox. Fortunately, people can usually decide whether or not to be subscribed to a forum, unless the instructor chooses to force the subscription (see item below for how to unsubscribe from a forum).


Please know that emails are an essential part of the way Moodle works. They are used to keep you up to date with what is going on in your course. Choose carefully which forums you unsubscribe from.

To unsubscribe from a forum:

  1. Open your Moodle course.
  2. From the Activities block, click the Forums link.
  3. You will see a list of all the forums. If the button in the Subscribed column is set to Yes, click it to set it to No.

To unsubscribe from all of the forums, click the link in the upper-right of the page that says: Unsubscribe From All Forums.