Forums is a communication tool that instructors or site owners can use to create an unlimited number of discussion forums for their course or project site.

Asynchronous discussion provides an opportunity for your site participants to engage site resources and each other, and allows for the free expression of convergent and divergent ideas. Interactions can be assigned a point value and sent to the Gradebook.

layout of forums showing categories and topics underneath them

Above: Forums with included topics. The total number of messages and unread messages is displayed for each topic.




Some classes use categories such as "Homework Questions" and "Exam Review" to structure their Forums feature. Others create categories for course concepts.

An instructor can assign students to respond to course readings and grade that participation within Forums and link the grade to the Gradebook.

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