Discussion Boards

Posting and Participating in Discussion Forums
  At times throughout this course you may be required to post in discussion forum. If you are not familiar   with forums, here are some terminologies that will help you to better understand Moodle forums.

·     Discussion Topic: The subject matter to be discussed. Normally initiated by the instructor, but students can also initiate subject matter that can be used for discussion.

·     Post: A user-submitted message, usually in response or reply to a topic.

·     Thread: A collection of posts under a topic.

Below are tips on posting and participating in a discussion forum.

Replying to a Topic

To reply to a message, enter a forum and click on a discussion.

The link takes you to an editing box where you type in your reply to the topic. When you have completed your entry or post, click on the Post to Forum button at the bottom of the edit screen.

If you do not see a reply button, you will need to contact your instructor, as he or she may place restrictions on forums as to who and when a student can reply.


Participating Responsibly

“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Take a moment to review a few of the following articles on participating in online discussion forums.

·      7 Rules for Online Etiquette

·      15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards

·      Helping students develop proper internet etiquette

Engaging with others – 3CQ

Want to respond to other participant’s posts? Great! Here are a few quick tips to stay focused on the conversation in a meaningful and productive manner. 

·      Compliment – Be positive! Compliment something specific from the post.

·      Comment –Find something relevant and meaningful to comment on. Politely disagree when it is appropriate.

·      Connect – Connect to something in the post (text-to-self, text-to-text, text-to-world). Explain the connection in your response.

·      Question – Keep the conversation going by asking a question about something that was written.

Adapted from Jennifer Stewart-Mitchell, Lesson: Publishing, Sharing, and Commenting