Student LMS Orientation
Upon completion of this module, you will be able to participate in various communication tools in the online classroom.
Please help us maintain an atmosphere that is conducive for learning:
The Discussion Forum is an asynchronous communication tool, meaning the discussion is not limited to a narrow time period such as 7:30-8:30 PM on March 15, but occurs over a longer period of time, usually several days or longer.
Generally there will be an Ice Breaker discussion forum at the beginning of your course, with a set of questions for you to answer and some interactive requirements for you to undertake with your fellow students. You will be asked to post responses to the questions and respond to your classmates.
To open the discussion for any week, click on the Discussion Forum link in the current week.
You will be taken to the Discussion Forum for the week, where the summary information will be displayed and the questions set up for you to reply to.
Click on the selected question or thread as it may be called.
By clicking on the "Reply" link at the bottom of the thread, you will then be able to respond to the question. Your response screen may allow for uploads of files which you may have prepared in support or response to the question, if the instructor permits this. Please note also that some instructors may ask you to create your own thread or question rather than reply to one that has already been established.
You may choose to prepare your responses offline in Word or another editor and simply copy and paste your responses into the forum. Don't forget to save any work as you go, as computer systems and online systems do have a habit of sometimes closing or shutting down without notice--and we have all had experiences of having to re-do work as a result.
NOTE: Copies of postings to the discussion forums in which you are involved may be sent to your email address. You can turn this option off in your profile settings, but then you will not be reminded of any responses that you may need to actually reply to. If the number of emails from your course is a problem, set up a filter in your email application and redirect these emails to a dedicated folder or mailbox, which you check regularly.
Practice Posting to a Forum
New messages are highlighted with a number in the messaging menu at the top of the screen:
Messages may be sent from a number of locations:
For more information on Moodle Messaging you may view the video below.
The News Forum, sometimes called Announcements, is an important way for your instructor to share information with you. Messages added by the instructor to the News Forum may also be sent to your college e-mail account. Students are responsible for the information posted in the Announcements whether they read it or not.
The News Forum is a special forum for general announcements. A course may only have one News Forum. This forum is automatically created for each course and is located on the main course page. By default, it is placed in the top of the center section and only instructors and administrators may add posts or reply to posts.
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