- Forums work best when they are utilised within a broader e-tivity, or online activity with a purpose, a ‘spark’ to provoke discussion, opportunities for students to respond to the prompt either individually or as part of a group, and a wrap-up by the tutor or summary task. Examples include critical debate, case study analyses, and role-play exercises. See Asynchronous discussion wiki for guidance and examples.
- Tim Neumann, a lecturer from the IOE, demonstrates how he runs online activities including critical readings, peer feedback and a debate using the Moodle forum, and also explains how he monitors student engagement using Moodle's Activity Completion tracking in the video: Practical Online Teaching Tips 4: Keep it Manageable (27m 34s).
- Teaching and learning with discussion forums case study report.
- Dr. Stacey Prickett, from the University of Roehampton, motivated students to participate in her course's discussion forum by allowing students to integrate their posts into the course's summative essay. Read the case study to find out more.
- Using forums effectively - ways to improve engagement by Kitty Horne from the University of Sussex, provides great tips.
- How to best use Forum in Moodle courses: Ideas and tips by professionals provides broad ideas and a number of use cases.
- Post an announcement to let students know that a lecture is cancelled or a service isn't working.
- Offer an icebreaker activity where students and tutors introduce themselves and share personal experiences or reflections.
- Deliver an e-tivity, or online activity with a purpose, offering a ‘spark’ to provoke discussion, opportunities for students to respond to the prompt either individually or as part of a group, and end with a wrap-up or summary task. Examples include critical debate, case study analyses, and roleplay exercises.
- Provide a wellbeing space or student corner, where students can share experiences and resources that aren't necessarily directly related to the course.