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).


Faculty can choose if the subscription to a Discussion Forum is Forced, Optional, Auto-subscribed, or disabled. Forced subscriptions prevent users from unsubscribing.

To change the Subscription Setting:

  1. Navigate to the Forum and click the Gear icon.
  2. Change the Subscription Setting to Optional, Auto, or disabled.

To unsubscribe from a forum:

  1. Navigate to the Forum and click the Gear icon.
  2. Click unsubscribe. (If you cannot, the instructor may need to change the subscription setting.)

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