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Create a New Forum

A forum contains a collection of one or more discussion topics. Students and site participants will post in each discussion topics, creating their own individual conversation within a topic. A site can contain multiple forums and multiple topics within a forum.


Create a New Forum

When you create a forum, you will need to add a least one topic so site participants can post messages. The forum will not be visible to participants unless a topic is added.
  1. In the left Tool List of your site, select Forums.
  2. At the top of the Forum overview screen, select New Forum.
  3. Type your Forum's Title in the field provided. This is required, and is limited to 75 characters.
  4. In the Short Description field, you have the option of providing a brief description (limited to 255 characters) that will be displayed along with the title in the discussion Forums area.
  5. In the Description field, you may enter an in-depth description of your forum, and provide any associated information or resources.
  6. To add an attachment, select Add Attachments under Attachments. The file selector screen will open.
  7. (Optional) Select your Forum Posting settings using the corresponding check boxes. If you do not wish to use any of the Forum Posting settings, leave the boxes blank. Your options are:
  • Lock Forum (Disable topic postings): Disables forum postings. Locking the forum allows participants to read postings, but not create any new postings.
  • Moderate Topics in Forum: Allows the site administrator to approve or deny a participant's posting. The site administrator(s) will receive an email request for each post.
  • Require users to post before reading: Hides the forum posts from other users until the user has created their own post or thread (New Conversation). This feature ensures originality of postings, as users will not be able to have their postings influenced by current postings.
  1. Select the desired Availability.
  • By default, availability is set to Show Immediately without any time or date restrictions.
  • If you would like to choose when the forum should automatically open and/or close for students, select Specify dates to open (show) and/or close (hide). Students will not be able to see the forum once the date/time has passed.
  1. (Optional) Mark All Messages in Conversations Read if you wish. 
  2. (Optional) Under Grading, expand the Select a Gradebook Item drop down menu and select an item if you want the forum to be associated with an existing gradebook item in the gradebook. You may grade postings on the forum or topic level.
  3. You can modify Permission levels for participant roles. From the table under Permissions,  use the drop-down Permission Level list to select from several predefined permission levels for each participant role. You can see the exact abilities of the role, or create custom permission levels, by selecting Customize.
  4. To save the forum and return to the main Forums screen, select Save. To save the forum and add a topic, select Save Settings & Add Topic
When you create a forum, you will need to add a least one topic so site participants can post messages. The forum will not be visible to participants unless a topic is added.

Create a Topic

  1. Select New Topic next to the desired forum.
  2. In the Topic Title field, type your Topic’s Title. This is a required field, and is limited to 75 characters.
  3. In the Short Description field, you have the option of providing a brief description (limited to 100 characters) that will be displayed below the title in the Discussion Forums area.
  4. In the Description field, you may enter an in-depth description of your topic, and provide any associated information or resources.
  5. To add an attachment from your local computer or from Resources, select Add Attachment under Attachments. The file selector screen will open.
  6. (Optional) Select your Topic Posting settings using the corresponding check boxes. If you do not wish to use any of these settings, leave the boxes blank. Your options are:
  • Lock Topic (Disable topic postings): Disables forum postings. Locking the forum allows participants to read postings, but not create any new postings.
  • Moderate Topic: Allows the site administrator to approve or deny a participant's posting. The site administrator(s) will receive an email request for each post.
  • Require users to post before reading: hides the forum posts from other users until the user has created their own post or thread (New Conversation). This feature ensures originality of postings, as users will not be able to have their postings influenced by current postings.
  • Posts are anonymous: posts made by site participants will be anonymous. This setting cannot be changed after the topic's creation.
  1. Select the desired Availability.
  • By default, availability is set to Show Immediately without any time or date restrictions.
  • If you would like to choose when the forum should automatically open and/or close for students, select Specify dates to open (show) and/or close (hide). Students will not be able to see the forum once the date/time has passed.
  1. (Optional) Mark All Messages in Conversations Read if you wish. 
  2. (Optional) Under Grading, expand the Select a Gradebook Item drop down menu and select an item if you want the forum to be associated with an existing gradebook item in the gradebook. You may grade postings on the forum or topic level.
  3. You can modify Permission levels for participant roles. From the table under Permissions,  use the drop-down Permission Level list to select from several predefined permission levels for each participant role. You can see the exact abilities of the role, or create custom permission levels, by selecting Customize.
  4. To save the topic, select Save. To save the topic and add another topic, select Save Settings & Add Topic