Forums


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How-To Guides:

Create forums for discussions

Group specific forums and topics

Temporary forum and topics


The tool Forums is in its basic form hierarchical and has the following logical structure:

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Create forums for discussions


Step 1

Open the tool Forums on your site and click on New Forum.

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Step 2

Start by giving the forum a name and add a short description if you like. It is possible to give the forum a more detailed description or you can upload a file with an assignment or something relevant by clicking on Add attachments.

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Step 3

Now its time to decide the permission settings for the forum. Note that this can be made both on an overall level but also on topic level (and the latter carries more weight if they are in conflict). Also note that the roles are named differently on a course site and a project site. Teacher and Student on a course site is equal to Owner and Participant on a project site. The examples here are valid for a course site.

Permissions are set for different "roles", start by choosing Teacher/Lärare(Owner).

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Step 4

You can choose a pre-configured permission level for the role, or you can tick and untick the different alternatives below. For the role "Teacher/Lärare" you should choose the default setting Owner.

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Step 5

Now change the role from teacher to student (see picture below). For the site participant (the role Student) it is usually most appropriate to give the permission level Contributor. The students can then:

  • Read posts.
  • Mark posts as read.
  • Create new top posts.
  • Answer top posts/comment posts.

The permission level Contributor is also default when creating a forum/topic. If you make an adjustment in the permission level it will be renamed to (custom) at the end.

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Step 6

You can now go to the bottom of the page and click on Save Settings & Add Topic to create your forum and adding a Topic. Note! Forums are only visible to students if they have topics in them

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Step 7

Do steps 2-5 above again, but note that these settings now are for a specific topic within the forum. When you have finished the settings, click on Save at the bottom of the page.

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Step 8

Your forum should now have a structure containing of a Test Forum with a Test Topic. Depending on the setting in the forum and the topics, the site participant can go into a specific topic and write a top post or write a response to the top post.

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Group specific forums and topics


To use this functionality you must first create groups on your site. You can find a How-To Guide here

Step 1

Click on Forum Settings on the forum you want to make available for a specific group.

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Step 2

Go to the settings for permissions and choose the group you want the forum to be available for. In this case choose group "Group A" that I have created for this purpose.

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Give the specific group the permission level "Contributor".

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Step 3

Change the settings for the group members so they can edit and delete their own posts. You do this by changing from "None" to "Own" both in the column for "Edit postings" and "Delete postings" according to the picture below.

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Step 4

Choose the role "Student" and change the permission level to none. Otherwise all participants with that role can see the forum, even if they do not belong to the specific group that you exclusively wanted to have access to this particular forum. Therefor you need to repeat this step for all other roles (except for the role "Teacher" and the group that you wanted to see the forum).

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Step 5

When you a finished with your settings, click Save at the bottom of the page.

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Note! If you change the permission settings on topic level within a forum, it will overwrite the permission settings for the forum!


Temporary forum and topics

To use this guide you first need to have created a forum on your site. You can read how to do that here.

Step 1

The first step is to either create a new forum or topic you want to set as temporary, alternatively you can edit an already existing one. In this guide we will be editing an existing topic. Start by clicking Topic settings.

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Step 2

Scroll down until you find the settings for "Availability". There you click on Specify dates and chose the period for when the topic should be available to the site.

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Step 3

Click on Save

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Step 4

You should now see a calendar icon on the left side of the topic you created, which indicates that this is a temporary topic.

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