Organize Forums

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Permissions and roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles.

For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles.


Instructors can reorganize forums and forum topics by selecting "organize" at the top and then re-numbering respective forums and topics. As with the rest of this tool, forums and topics remain distinct and as such forums have their own sequence and each topic has its own sequence. Topics cannot be moved between forums.

Organizing topics
Organizing topics



[edit] Video Example: Organizing Forums

[edit] Sakai Forums Tool Organization Examples

[edit] Various issues being discussed

Default Forum and Topic layout when the Forums tool is first enabled in a course.  This should be enough for courses with little discussion.
Default Forum and Topic layout when the Forums tool is first enabled in a course. This should be enough for courses with little discussion.
Example of a simple course with only a few topics all within the default Forum.  This example is fast to create and easy to administer when there only a few topics involved.
Example of a simple course with only a few topics all within the default Forum. This example is fast to create and easy to administer when there only a few topics involved.

[edit] Group work examples

If you would like to restrict access of a Forum or Topic to just one group please see the article Control access to Forums.

One way to organize the Forums tool for group work is to create a forum for each issue or theme and a topic for each group.  This is approach makes it easier to lock older areas.
One way to organize the Forums tool for group work is to create a forum for each issue or theme and a topic for each group. This is approach makes it easier to lock older areas.
If the course has consistent groups and a large focus of the course the instructor might want to organize the Forums tool so that each group has its own forum.  This allows the instructor to restrict access to each group's forum and then creating topics for each group's issue or themes they are to discuss is less complicated.
If the course has consistent groups and a large focus of the course the instructor might want to organize the Forums tool so that each group has its own forum. This allows the instructor to restrict access to each group's forum and then creating topics for each group's issue or themes they are to discuss is less complicated.

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content


Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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