A News forum is automatically created for each course and is a place for general course announcements and news. There are four different types of discussion forums an instructor can choose from:
Important Note: A forum’s type cannot be modified after it has been created and students have posted to the forum. It is important to select the proper format type forum for an online discussion before you create a forum.
Display description on course page: If checked, this option will show the description of the forum on your Moodle course page.
Subscription mode: When one is subscribed to the discussion forum, it means the participant will receive email copies of forum posts. There are four types of subscriptions:
Read tracking for this forum?: This option will highlight which forum postings have been read and which remain unread.
Maximum attachment size: This option specifies the largest size of file that can be attached to a forum post.
Maximum number of attachments: This setting specifies the maximum number of files that can be attached to a forum post.
Thresholds:This option allows an instructor to establish a maximum number of postings per student in a given time period within a discussion forum. Once the number has been reached, a warning will be displayed that will inform the student that they may not post to the forum. Setting the warning threshold to 0 will disable the warning to students. Setting the blocking threshold to 0 will allow students to post as many times as they want.
Grade category: This setting controls the category in which this activity’s grades are placed in the gradebook.
Ratings: Posts may be given a rating or a number grade. Only teachers and non-editing teachers may give ratings to forum posts. (Grading discussions is elaborated on the “Grading Discussion Forums” section)
Group mode: Allows an instructor to create groups and restrict group members to be assigned to specific discussion forum areas. (For more information please see the Collaborative Activities tutorial.)
Note: Single Simple discussion forums cannot be used in group mode.
Visible: Allows an instructor to Show (make available) or Hide (keep hidden) a newly created forum.