Q and A Forum

This discussion forum type is probably the most exciting type of forum available in Moodle.  Instructors often complain that when students are prompted to put their individual thoughts within a forum, they will read other students’ posts and use that to formulate their own responses.  As a result, their thoughts are not really their own but a conglomeration of others.  The Q and A forum, if set up appropriately, restricts students from viewing other students posts until they post themselves.  The part instructors must understand is that they must set up the forum in a certain way and communicate to students how they should be posting.  Otherwise, it will not work as described above.

First things first, instructors normally put the “Question” they have for their students in the forum introduction area.  For the Q and A forum, it is important to save the Question text for the Instructor’s Post.

In fact, the button that allows you to start a new thread no longer says “Add a new Discussion Topic” in this forum.  It now says “Add a new question.”  Remember, this is a Q and A forum.  The instructor adds the Questions and the student adds the Answer.  When the students enter the forum, they should read the instructor’s post (the Question) and then reply to it (the Answer).

If a student does not follow these directions to reply to your post but actually starts their own thread themselves, then everyone can see this post.  It is only replies to an original post that are not viewable until someone has replied themselves.

If you prefer to have students start their own thread for their individual answers, then the Q and A forum is not for you.  The Each person posts one discussion forum type would be your best bet.

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