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.

Gear icon.

3. Select Turn editing on.

Turn editing on is selected.

4. Click on Add activity or resource.

Add activity or resource is selected.

5. Select Forum.

Forum is selected.

6. Click on Add.

Add is selected

7. Type a title for the new forum.

Forum name field is selected

8. Type a Description for the forum.

Description field is selected.
Learn about the Additional settings.
Attachments and word count

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.

Attachments and word count fields
Subscription and tracking

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.

Optional subscription is selected.
Discussion locking

Discussion locking, if enabled, will allow you to prevent any new posts after a specified time period after the last post.

Do not lock discussions is selected.
Post threshold for blocking

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.

threshold for blocking is selected.

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.

Grade section

The Ratings section allows you to grade your students' posts within the forum.

Ratings section

Aggregate type.

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.

Aggregate type field has Sum of ratings selected.

Maximum grade.

Type a integer value for the Maximum grade field between 0 and 200.

Maximum grade is 5

Date range.

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.

Date range is available

Type each tag followed by a comma, if you desire to use them. Users can sort some course content by tags if the activities and resources have them.

Tags section

No competencies have been uploaded for our current version of TITANium.

Competencies section

9. Click on Save and display.

Save and display button is selected

10. View the Forum as a student.

Student view of forum.

11. A gradebook column is created automatically.

For any posts you rate, the score will display in the gradebook.

A gradebook column for the forum

Article Summary

You have now learned how to add a Forum activity to your course in TITANium.