Discussion Forums

Creating an online discussion is a great way to continue learning outside the classroom. To create an online discussion, we can use the Forum activity.

  1. Click the Gear icon (upper right) and choose Turn Editing On
  2. Click Add an Activity or Resource.
  3. Choose Forum and click Add.
  4. Give the discussion a name, pose a question, and under Ratings, set the point value.
  5. Then click Save and Display.

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.

For more information about Discussion Forums, you can read Moodle's Support documentation https://docs.moodle.org/35/en/Forum_activity