Overview of the Moodle’s forum feature

Moodle 3 supports the use of forums, in which students and teachers can discuss courses, share ideas, or ask for help with activities. Forums may include the uploading of files and images and there’s full support for post ratings.

To add a forum to your course, head to Dashboard > Course Name. Click the cog icon at the top right of the screen and click Turn editing on.

Turn editing on

Click Add an activity or resource next to the section in which you wish to place the forum. In this example, we’ll place the forum in the Course Announcements section.

Add an activity or resource

Select Forum from the list of Activities and click the Add button.


Enter a name and description for your forum and select a forum type.

Forum settings

A variety of Moodle forum types are available from the dropdown menu.

  • Standard forum for general use – an introduction is displayed above the list of discussions. Start new discussions with a button click.
  • Single, simple discussion – only teachers can start a discussion thread and students are only able to reply.
  • Question and Answer forum – the teacher posts a question and students respond with possible answers. Students must post in a thread before they can view other students’ answers.
  • Standard forum displayed like a blog – the first post of each discussion is displayed in full so that users can read and then choose to respond by clicking the “Discuss this topic” button.

Complete forum configuration and use the Save buttons at the bottom the page to return to the course, or display the new forum.

If you notice any problems or if you need any help, please open a new support ticket from your HostPapa Dashboard. More details on how to open a support ticket can be found here.

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