Forum Settings - MoodleDocs (2023)

This page contains more details about the settingsForum activitiesAlso includes site administration settings when you add it to your course.


  • 1 general
  • 2 Availability
  • 3 Attachments and word count
  • 4 Subscribe and follow
    • 4.1 Subscribe to individual forum discussions
  • 5 blocks for discussion
    • 5.1 Subscription
  • 6 Threshold for blocked columns
  • 7 comments on the entire forum
    • 7.1 Rating
  • 8 Other settings
  • 9 Using groups in the forum
  • 10 Site Administration Settings
    • 10.1 Changing the subject of forum notifications


Give the forum a name and description, if desired. (For a single, simple discussion forum, the description must include the issue or topic you are discussing.)

For information on forum types, see the "Which Forum Do I Need?" section atuse the forumMore details with screenshots.


In addition to specifying a deadline for posting forum posts, you can also set an end date after which students will no longer be able to post.

Attachments and Word Count

The maximum file size that can be attached to a forum post depends on your Moodle site settings. Instructors may want smaller forum size limits and should be mindful of download speeds for course participants.

(Video) MT210 - Set up Forums in Moodle V2

If "Show word count" is enabled, the word count of forum posts will be displayed at the bottom of each post.

Subscribe and follow

subscription method
Subscribing to the forum means that participants will be notified of every new post (depending on the user's messaging preferences). By default, forum notifications are sent approximately 30 minutes after a post is saved.

Participants generally have the option of subscribing to each forum. However, instructors can force a subscription to a specific forum, and all users of that course are automatically subscribed, even those who register later.

Subscription mode and links to subscribe or unsubscribe can be found in the Boost forums gear menu or through Clean's forum management. Instructors can quickly change the mode using the 'Subscription Mode' and view current subscribers using the 'Show/Edit Current Subscribers' link. Teachers can manually subscribe or unsubscribe participants by clicking the Manage Subscriptions button.


  • Forcing everyone to subscribe is especially useful in news forums and forums at the beginning of the course (before everyone is sure they can subscribe to those emails themselves).
  • Changing the setting from "Auto-subscribe" to "Optional" will not unsubscribe existing users; it will only affect those who enroll in the course in the future. Likewise, changing "Optional" to "Auto-subscribe" will not subscribe existing course users, only users who enroll later.
  • There is also a "Disable Subscriptions" setting that prevents students from subscribing to the forum. Teachers can choose to subscribe to the forum as needed.

Subscribe to individual forum discussions

In optional or auto-subscribe forums, you can choose which discussions to subscribe to by toggling the Subscribe/Unsubscribe button to the right of the discussion.

When you reply to a post, you'll see a "Subscribe to Discussion" checkbox. The system will check if you are subscribed to discussions you post by default in the forum preferences. If you have chosen to unsubscribe from forum discussions by default, you can check this box to be notified of posts from that particular topic.

(Video) Managing Moodle Forum Notifications

read trace
If this option is set to optional, students can see posts they have not read if they (1) enable Forum Follow in their Forum Preferences and (2) enable Follow in the Actions menu
Note that admins can allow "force read tracking", which provides another option - force everyone to read on the forum.

block discussion

This setting will close forum threads after a certain amount of time. Note that instructors can also manually block individual topics from the list by clicking the three dots:

subscription service

ifRSS feedWhen enabled for websites and forums, the RSS Settings drop-down section will appear. Teachers can enable or disable the RSS feed for this forum here. When Discussions is selected, the RSS feed will send subscribers new discussions. When set to "posts", the RSS feed will send new posts to subscribers.

The cron needs to run the RSS feed periodically to work; otherwise, participants will see "Error reading RSS data".

Publish thresholds to block

By default, students can post any number of messages in the forum. If you want to limit this number and block it after a certain amount or time, the "Send Threshold to Block" dropdown section allows you to specify your choice. You can also send a warning that they will be blocked.

Ratings for the entire forum

When grading is turned on, the grading options appear here, allowing the teacher to select a score or grade. Advanced rating methods are also available, such as rubrics, and can be selected from the Forum/Advanced Rating gear menu. For more information on forum ratings, seeuse the forum


Forum Usage RatingscaleYou can customize. You can also set a "level to pass" that can be associated withactivity endsIrestricted accessIn such a way, students will not have access to further activities until they have achieved the required rank (grade) in the forum.

(Video) Discussion forum activities in Moodle

By default, only teachers can grade forum posts, but students can be given permission to do so if desired (see Forum Permissions below). This is a useful tool for grading student activity. All ratings posted on the forum are saved in one filegrade book.

You can set the "Aggregation Type" to determine how all ratings for forum posts are combined to form a final score (for each post and for all forum activity). lookgradeLearn about chiller types and which one is best for you.

other settings

Depending on what is enabled for your site and course, you may want to exploreCommon Module Settings,restricted access,activity ends,LabelIpermissions

If you want your group to appear in theCourse Review Section, you need to add an "estimated due date" to your fileactivity endspart.

If your forum activity is not displaying the way you want, please check the following site settings:

Using groups on the forum

In case of "group mode", in the dropdown section of the common module settings you can specify how the forum works with groups. (Note that single simple discussions cannot be used with groups as this functionality is not implemented. Please use standard forums instead.) See the documentation for more information on using groups with forumsuse the forum.

Site Administration Settings

The forum description may or may not be mandatory, depending onSite Administration > Plugins > Active Modules > Sharing Settings.

The forum module has additional settings that administrators can access in theAdministration > Site Administration > Plugins > Activity Modules > ForumFor "maximum time to edit a post" wAdministration > Site Administration > Security > Site Policies.

(Video) Setting Up Groups in Forums

Teachers (and other authorized personnelMods/Forums: viewhiddentimedposts) can then set a time period to show the date and time of the forum posts.

Change the subject of forum notifications

Typically, when a forum subscriber receives an email from a forum, the subject line is: short course name + post subject:

The subject line can be changed - for example, by navigating to: Course Short Name + Forum Name + SubjectSite Administration > Languages ​​> Language CustomizationChange the string in forum.phpEmail SubjectDo

{$a->short course} {$a->forum name} {$a->topic}

Available placeholders are:

  • topic
  • forum name
  • full site name
  • shortened site name
  • Course No
  • full course name
  • course title abbreviation


Forum Settings - MoodleDocs? ›

The forum module has additional settings which may be changed by an administrator in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Activity modules > Forum and, for 'Maximum time to edit posts', in Administration > Site administration > Security > Site policies.

Where is discussion forum on Moodle? ›

Students access the forum by clicking the icon on the course page and depending on the forum type selecting, will typically be see a button to start a new discussion topic. They can sort discussions, subscribe to discussions from the toggle button, and favourite/bookmark discussions from the star icon on the left.

How do I turn off forum notifications in Moodle? ›

On your Preferences page, under User account, click Forum preferences. Your Forum preferences page will open. On your Forum preferences page, from the Email digest type drop-down, select how Moodle will send notifications when you are following discussions.

What is the difference between forum and open forum in Moodle? ›

There are two types of discussion forums in Moodle: Forum and Open Forum. The Open Forum can be set to function exactly as the Forum type, but also has advanced grading features and allows private responses to students' posts. The CLT recommends using the Open Forum type when creating discussion forums.

How does forum discussion work? ›

A forum is an online discussion board where people can ask questions, share their experiences, and discuss topics of mutual interest. Forums are an excellent way to create social connections and a sense of community. They can also help you to cultivate an interest group about a particular subject.

What is the difference between Moodle forum and Chat? ›

The Chat activity allows participants to have a real-time synchronous discussion in a Moodle course. Chat has an advantage over a forum in that it takes place in real time or "live." It is especially beneficial when a group is not able to meet face to face.


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