Monthly Archives: January 2012

A Closer Look at the Advanced Forum

Moodle has several different forum types within the Forum activity.  One of the extra features that MoodleRooms offers is a special forum activity called an Advanced Forum.  This activity has all the benefits of a regular forum with some added extra’s that you just might find essential.

First of all, probably the biggest advantage of the advanced forum is the ability to filter your view of posts.  If you require your students to answer your question prompt and then also require them to reply to three other students’ posts, then it would be very helpful to see all the posts one user makes at one time.  The advanced forum allows you to do this.  You can see this by going to the “View Posters” link in the upper right hand corner within this forum.  Here this view offers a summary of each users activity within the forum.  The number under total posts is a live link that will take you to all the posts that user made.

View Posters

The advanced forum also allows for easier grading.  In my opinion, the best way to set up the advanced forum is to set the grade type to “Manual.”  This will then allow you to turn the editing on within the “View Forum Grades” link that shows up in the upper right hand corner of this particular type of forum.  From that screen you can grade your student’s work.

View Forum Grades

Keep in mind that within the generic Moodle forum activity, instructors are able to select between different types of forums:  standard forum for general use, single simple discussion, each person posts one discussion, Q and A forum.  You’ll be happy to know that all of these forums are available within the advanced forum activity.

Unfortunately, there is no way to change a regular forum to an advanced forum.  You’ll need to delete it and remake it.  Be sure and select advanced forum from the top of the drop down menu list as opposed to the regular forum.

And finally, don’t forget that to force subscription on any forum means that all users in the course will receive emails of every post in that forum.

Now that you know what an Advanced forum can do for you, you may never have a need for a regular forum again!

Recorded Webinar Viewing Schedule

DCCC’s Distance Learning Team will be showing various recorded webinars throughout the semester.  Please consider coming to any of the following.

Student Engagement and Web 2.0 in Blended Learning
Summary – Dr. Norm Vaughan shares his views on how to successfully incorporate Web tools, create an environment to empower students for future learning using a blending format, and more. If you enjoy integrating wikis, blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook and other sources, this webinar is for you. Run time – 90 mins

Jan 18  Love 108   2-3:30 pm
Jan 19  Reich 100  2-3:30 pm
Jan 20  Gee 187    9-10:30 am and
Gee 143    1-2:30 pm

Online Strategies for Assessment Design
Summary – Both Dr. Patricia McGee from the University of Texas and Dr. Veronica Diaz from EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative will be discussing the differences between assessment and evaluation, the true purpose of the assessment, layered approach to assessments, and more. Run time – 120 mins

Feb 15 Love 108    2-4 pm
Feb 16 Reich 100   2-4 pm
Feb 17 Gee 187     9-11 am and
Gee 143     1-3 pm

Strategies to Help Design Your Online Course
Summary – The following will be covered:
•    Focusing on goals and objectives for online course design
•    How to create a user friendly flow in your course
•    Concept based versus topic based courses
Run time – 90 mins

Mar 21 & 22  Finch 124  3:30 – 5pm
Mar 23 Gee 149  1 – 2:30 pm