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How do I post or reply to a post?

There are four types of forums available in iLearn. Below is a short description on each and instructions on how to post a discussion topic or reply.

Single Simple Discussion Forum

A single simple discussion forum has a single discussion topic focus with all posts flowing through on one page. You are only able to click on the Reply link to post a response.

Below is an example of a single simple discussion forum with a response.

single discussion foruim with response

Standard Forum for General Use

The standard forum is most useful for large discussions that are student-led with lecturer guidance or for social forums. You are able to:

  • click on the Add a new discussion topic button to post a discussion topic;
  • click on the Reply link to post a response.

Below is an example of a standard forum.

example of a standard forum

Q and A Forum

Q and A forums are best used to necessitate student contribution. Following, you must submit a post before you are able to view the forum. You are able to:

  • click on the Add a new question button to post a discussion topic;
  • click on the Reply link to post a response.

Below is an example of a Q and A forum. Note the message regarding access to the forum.

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Each Person Forum

In an each person forum you are able to post one discussion topic. A single discussion topic per person gives you a little more freedom than a single simple discussion forum, but not as much as a standard forum where you can post as many discussion topics as you wish. You are able to:

  • click on the Add a new discussion topic button to post a discussion topic;
  • click on the Reply link to post a response.

Below is an example of an each person forum with a response.

screenshot of a discussion

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Can I edit and/or delete a post?

Yes. You can edit and/or delete a post within 15 minutes of submitting the post. After this time, only an administrator can delete the post.

Can I add attachments to a post?

Yes. You can attach files to your post by clicking on the Paper icon. paper icon Alternatively, you can drag and drop the files.

How do I search for key words within a discussion forum?

There are two quick ways to search forums:

  1. Search a particular forum - Click on the link to a forum you wish to search and use the Search forums field located in the top right hand corner of the screen to complete the search.
    search forums button
  2. Search all forums in the unit - Go to the Activities block and click on the Forums link. A page will appear with a list of all the forums in the unit. Use the Search forums field located in the top right hand corner of the screen to complete the search.
    activities block

 

graphic depiction of attention The forums listed under General forums are used for unit administration. The forums listed under Learning forums are used to facilitate student discussion topics throughout the course.

 

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Can I customize the notifications I receive from forum subscriptions?

Yes. There are three ways of customising the notifications you receive from forums:

  1. managing the number and type of email notifications;
  2. managing automatic forum subscriptions;
  3. managing individual forum subscriptions.

Managing the number and type of email notifications

You can determine the number and type of email notifications received subsequent to a forum post by selecting an option available for Email digest type:

  1. Go to the Tools block located in the top left hand corner.
  2. Select Edit profile for My profile settings.
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  3. Click Preferences and assign Email digest type from the available options:
    • No digest - Individual email for every forum post.
    • Complete - Daily email with full forum posts.
    • Subjects - Daily email with forum subjects only. Select this option for one email per day with subjects only, rather than an individual email every time something happens on a forum.
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  4. Click Update profile.
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Managing automatic forum subscriptions

You can determine whether or not to subscribe to most of the forums by selecting an option available for Forum auto-subscribe:

  1. Go to the Tools block located in the top left hand corner.
  2. Select Edit profile for My profile settings.
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  3. Click Preferences and assign Forum auto-subscribe from the available options:
    • Yes, when I post, subscribe me to that forum - You will now be subscribed to any forum that you post in, meaning you will receive email notifications from that forum.
    • No, don’t automatically subscribe me to forums - You will not be automatically subscribed to forums when you post, unless that forum has been set up as forced subscription.
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  4. Click Update profile.
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graphic depiction of attentionYou will automatically be subscribed to any announcement forums as well as other forums that a lecturer forces subscription to.

Managing individual forum subscriptions

There are two ways to select forums you wish to subscribe to depending on whether the unit has an Activities block.

If the unit has an Activities block:

  1. Click on the Forums link in the Activities block.
    activities block
  2. Click Subscribe to all forums to receive email notifications from all forums.
  3. Click Unsubscribe from all forums to stop receiving email notifications from all forums except announcements and forums that are forced subscription by the lecturer.
  4. The Subscribed column shows the status of your subscription to each forum. No means you are not subscribed and Yes means that you are subscribed. Click Yes or No to change your subscription status.
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If the unit does not have an Activities block:

  1. Click on the forum link you wish to subscribe/unsubscribe.
  2. Go to the Tools block.
  3. Select Forum administration.
  4. Click Subscribe to this forum.
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