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In the Forums tool, you can post messages about topics, and post responses to the messages of other participants.

[edit] How do I post to a forum?

Forums are organizational units that group topics within the site. You cannot post directly to a forum, you must first enter a topic and post your message there. In order to post to a forum topic, you will Start a New Conversation or thread.

A new post can be aded by following these steps:

  • Select the Forums tool from Tool Menu in your site.
  • Choose a forum.
    This is an example of a forum. The forum title will appear in bold and in a larger font than the topic titles indented beneath it. If you would like to view more information about the forum, you may click View Full Description to view any additional information provided by the site owner.
  • Select a topic within the forum.
    This is an example of a forum topic.  If you would like to view more information about the topic, you may click View Full Description to view any additional information provided by the site owner.
  • Click on the title of the topic to enter that topic.
  • Click Start a New Conversation.
    This button is located at the top of the page, below the title of the course. Starting a new conversation is the same thing as starting a new thread.
  • After you click the Start a New Conversation button, the message composition window will appear.
    • Enter a title.
    • Enter a message. This description box allows the use of Rich Text Editor. Note: The message box will keep track of word count in the lower right corner.
    • Add any attachments. (Optional) If desired, there is an option to upload attachments to the conversation. Click Add attachments to browse for and select your file.
  • Click Post. After completing the conversation, click Post to make the conversation viewable.


[edit] How do I reply to a forum post (i.e. conversation)?

  • Select the Forums tool from Tool Menu in your site.
    Note: The message indicator text next to the topic title will tell you how many messages have been posted within that topic, and how many of them are new or unread.
  • Click on the title of an existing post to view the conversation.
    Click on the title of an existing post to view the conversation.
  • Click reply.
    Click reply.png

You have two different options for replying to the post within the Forums tool.

    1. Click Reply to Initial Message at the top of the conversation to reply to the first message in the conversation or thread.
    2. Click the Reply link within the message itself to reply to the item you are currently viewing. This is the option you want to use if you would like to reply to someone else's reply.
  • Compose your message.
    • Enter a title.
    • Enter a message. This description box allows the use of Rich Text Editor. Note: The message box will keep track of word count in the lower right corner.
    • Add any attachments. (Optional) If desired, there is an option to upload attachments to the conversation. Click Add attachments to browse for and select your file.
  • Click Post. After completing the conversation, click Post to make the conversation viewable.


[edit] Additional Information

Note: If the forum or topic is moderated, your message will appear as "PENDING" until approved by a moderator.

This article is intended to help individuals using Isaak, Brock University's Sakai-Based LMS. You can search more help articles either by using the "search" box on the left or clicking here. More help articles can also be browsed here.



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