Help - Computer and Technical

Working with Forums

Forum discussions are a great way to have an online conversation. Here's how they work in the Learning Center.

You have the following options:

  • Reading
  • Searching
  • Subscribing/following (on the forum level or a single discussion)
  • Replying to a discussion post, and
  • Starting a new discussion

Each forum can have discussions. Each discussion is made up of messages (an initial post and replies).

Forum Home Page

We have a typical forum home page below with some markings to help identify things:

  • Search - red arrow (upper left) - searches all forums in a course
  • Add a new discussion - turquoise arrow (next to search)
  • View a discussion - blue arrow (Discussion column)
  • Subscribe / unsubscribe - orange circles:
    • Subscribe to forum button - whole forum
    • On/Off slider switch - just that discussion

The Subscribe to forum button switches to Unsubscribe from forum after you subscribe to a forum. Use that button to unsubscribe.

Discussion Page

Below is a discussion page.

You can:

  • Navigate to different discussions (blue double arrow).
  • Subscribe to and star the discussion (orange circle). You can also undo these in the same settings dropdown menu.
  • add a reply by clicking the reply at the bottom of the initial post (red arrow). Note that all replies also have a reply link at the bottom of their messages so that you can insert your reply where it makes the most sense.


forum discusssion page with controls highlighted