How do I add a Forum activity?
You will learn how to create a Forum activity in your course in TITANium. The Forum activity module allows you to create asynchronous discussions with students.
Follow the steps below to create a graded forum for general use.
1. Enter your course.
2. Click on the Gear icon.
3. Select Turn editing on.
4. Click on Add activity or resource.
5. Select Forum.
6. Click on Add.
7. Type a title for the new forum.
8. Type a Description for the forum.
Maximum attachment size: You can limit the size of the file a student can attach to their post. 5MB is the default. 100MB is the maximum.
Maximum number of attachments: You can set the allowed number of files a student can attach from 0 to 100.
Display word count: If enabled, the number of words within each post will display at the bottom of the post.
Subscription mode: This setting determines whether all users in the course will receive an email every time someone makes a new post.
The four options are Optional subscription which allows the user making the new post to decide. Auto subscription works pretty much the same way. Forced subscription will send an email to all users. They have no choice (The Announcements forum is set to Forced which is why all users in a course receive an email each time the instructor makes a new post.). Subscription disabled does not allow anyone to subscribe to the forum.
Read tracking: If enabled, allows users in the course to have the number of new posts within a designated forum be listed next to the forum title on the course main page.
Discussion locking, if enabled, will allow you to prevent any new posts after a specified time period after the last post.
This section can prevent a student from posting more than a set number of posts over a specified time. For example, if you didn't want the students to post more often than once a day. You want them to not do all of their posts on the last day before a deadline.
Time period for blocking: Set the number of days.
Post threshold for blocking: Set the maximum number of posts during the blocking period.
Post threshold for warning: After a student has posted a given number of posts, the student will receive a warning.
A Grade category is created on the Gradebook setup page. If you have created any, they will be available in the Grade category dropdown selection.
Setting a Grade to pass (in addition to Completion tracking) will allow you to have more control over the activities or resources your students will see. Read this guide for a sample use of a Grade to pass.
The Ratings section allows you to grade your students' posts within the forum.
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.
Type a integer value for the Maximum grade field between 0 and 200.
Enabling the Date range doesn't really do anything for you except give you a headache. It doesn't prevent students from posting outside of the date range, it only makes it so that you cannot rate any posts outside of the date range.
Read these guides to learn about some sample uses for setting access restrictions.
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9. Click on Save and display.
10. View the Forum as a student.
11. A gradebook column is created automatically.
For any posts you rate, the score will display in the gradebook.
You have now learned how to add a Forum activity to your course in TITANium.