The forum activity allows students and teachers to exchange ideas by posting comments as part of a 'thread'. Files such as images and media may be included in forum posts. The teacher can choose to rate forum posts and it is also possible to give students permission to rate each others' posts.
Standard forum - In the Standard forum students will see an introduction text in a separate space above the list of discussions. Anyone can start a new discussion (thread) at any time.
Note: The Standard forum can also be displayed like a blog. This format will work like the standard forum for general use, but the first post of each discussion is displayed (as in a blog) so that users can read it and then choose to respond by clicking the "Discuss this topic" button bottom right of the post.
Single, simple discussion - In a Single, simple discussion the teacher posts a question and students are only able to reply. They cannot start a new topic of discussion. This is useful if you wish to keep a discussion focused.
Each person posts one discussion - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to.
Question and Answer forum - The Question and Answer forum is best used when you have a particular question that you wish to have answered. The teacher posts a question and students respond with possible answers. By default a Q and A forum requires students to post once before viewing other students' postings.