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How do I set up a forum to use for Journaling and teacher/student interaction?

You will learn how to set up a forum which you can use to accept journal entries from students. The entries will be available only to the individual student and the instructor. The instructor can "edit" the student's post to make comments or Reply to the post to comment.

There are three parts to this process:

1. Create auto groups and a grouping your students.

Follow these steps to auto group your students into one student per group and to create a grouping which has all of those groups included.

1.1. Enter your course in TITANium.

course main page

1.2. Click on Users in the Administration block.

Users in the Administration block is selected.

1.3. Click on Groups.

Groups link is selected.

1.4. Scroll down the page and click on Auto-create groups.

Auto-create groups is selected.

1.5. Change the naming scheme if desired.

Naming scheme field is selected.

1.6. Select to auto create based on the number of members per group.

Members per group is selected.

1.7. Type one in the group member count field.

Group/member count is set to 1.

1.8. In the Group members section, check the Ignore users in groups box.

This step is only necessary if you have already created any groups in your course.

Ignore users in groups is checked.

1.9. Under Grouping, select New grouping.

New grouping is set.

1.10. Type a name for the new grouping.

Grouping name field selected.

1.11. Click on Submit.

Submit button is selected.

1.12. The names of the groups are now listed with the number of members per group.

Groups field is selected.

1.13. Click on the Groupings tab.

Groupings tab is selected.

1.14. Verify that all of the groups are included in the grouping.

Groups are listed in the Grouping.
2. Create a forum which has separate groups and restricted access.

Follow these steps to create a forum which will maintain the confidentiality of the students' posts, meaning that only the student and the instructor can see those posts (or "journal entries").

2.1. Turn editing on using the button at the top of your course main page.

Turn editing on button is selected.

2.2. Click on Add resource or activity.

Add resource or activity link is selected.

2.3. Select Forum.

Forum radio button is selected.

2.4. Click on Add.

Add button is selected.

2.5. Type a title for the Forum name.

Forum name field is selected.

2.6. Type a description.

Description field is selected.

2.7. Select a Standard forum type.

Select one of the following forum types (for more details on each forum type, go to moodle.org):

A single simple discussion = The instructor starts a thread and the students can only reply to the original post.

Each person posts one discussion = Each student is only allowed to use the "Add a new discussion" button one time to add a discussion (forum thread). Students can reply to any post within any of the discussions.

Q and A forum = The instructor posts a new discussion. The students can only reply to a post. They cannot start a new discussion. Students do not see any other student replies until 30 minutes after they make their own reply.

Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format = All students may add a new discussion as many times as needed and can participate in any discussion. This forum is similar to the Standard forum for general use except for how the forum displays the posts.

Standard forum for general use = All students may add a new discussion as many times as needed and can participate in any discussion. This forum is similar to the Standard forum in a blog-like format except for how the forum displays the posts.

Standard forum type is selected.

2.8. Use the drop down menu to not allow attachments.

Uploads are not allowed is selected.

2.9. Select 0 for number of attachments.

Maximum attachments is set to 0.

2.10. Select an aggregation type, like Sum of ratings.

Choose one of the following ratings methods:

No ratings = Use this setting if there are no points for this forum.

Average of ratings = If you rate more than one post in a forum, then those ratings will report the average to the gradebook.

Count of ratings = This rating will count the number of times a student has posted, and that determines the points.

Maximum rating = The highest rating (points awarded) of all of the student's posts within a forum is reported to the gradebook.

Minimum rating = The lowest rating (points awarded) of all of the student's posts within a forum is reported to the gradebook.

Sum of ratings = The total points awarded in all of a student's posts are reported to the gradebook; however, the score will not go above the maximum points set in the Ratings section of the edit settings for this forum.

Sum of ratings is selected.

2.11. Type the Maximum points value.

200 is the maximum possible. Use only integers.

 Maximum points value is set to 100.

2.12. Select Separate groups in the Group mode field.

Visible groups = This setting allows students to interact with their own group, but also to see what other students are posting.

Separate groups = This setting allows students to interact with their own group and they cannot see what any other group is doing.

Separate groups is selected.

2.13. Select the name of the grouping you created.

Grouping is set to 'Individual Journals'.

2.14. Click on Add restriction in the Restrict access section.

Add restriction button is selected.

2.15. Click on Grouping.

Some of these restriction types only show up if they are enabled within the course, such as Activity completion. Read this guide on how to enable Activity completion. The Group restriction only appears after a group has been made, and the Grouping restriction only after a grouping has been made.

Grouping button is selected.

2.16. Select the name of the grouping you created.

'Individual Journals' grouping is selected.

2.17. Click on Save and display.

Save and display button is selected.

2.18. You can now navigate among the various students to interact with them.

3. Edit a student's post in this forum.

Follow these steps to learn how to edit a student's post within a forum.

3.1. On the course main page, you see that there is an unread post.

Forum states one unread post
Observation journals link is selected.

3.3. The student's post is displayed.

student's post is shown.

3.4. Click on Edit to make inline comments.

Edit link is selected.

3.5. Type your comments (perhaps in brackets).

Message field is selected.

3.6. Click on Save changes.

Save changes button is selected.

3.7. You can rate or grade the post using the drop down menu at the bottom of the post.

Sum of rating field is selected.

3.8. The student can then read your feedback.

Student's post displays.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to set up a forum which you can use to accept journal entries from students. The entries will be available only to the individual student and the instructor. The instructor can "edit" the student's post to make comments or Reply to the post to comment.