Create Forums in KATIE

What you'll need to know ahead of time:

  • What type of forum will be used?
  • Will posts be anonymous?
  • Will users be expected to attach files to posts?
  • Will posts be rated, and if so, how will ratings be aggregated?<
  • Should users be able to subscribe to the posts or keep track of which posts have been read?

Forum Settings: General:

  • Select the appropriate “forum type”
    • Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format [default] - An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time, and in which topics are displayed on one page with “Discuss this topic” links.
    • A single simple discussion - A single discussion topic which everyone can post replies to. Cannot be used with separate groups.
    • Each person posts one discussion - Each student can post exactly one new discussion topic, which everyone can then reply to.
    • Q and A forum - Students must first post their perspectives before viewing other students’ posts. Once students have posted their answer, they may read and reply to other students' posts.
    • Standard forum for general use - An open forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time.


Attachments and word count:

  • Choose maximum number of file attachments
  • Select whether or not the word count will be displayed


Subscription and tracking:

  • Choose subscription mode.
    • Optional - each user decides if they will receive emails when others post to the forum.
    • Forced - everyone receives emails and cannot unsubscribe.
    • Auto - everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe
    • Disabled - subscriptions are not allowed.
  • Select whether or not users can track read and unread posts


Ratings: Use options here to select how posts will be rated. The aggregate type defines how ratings are combined to form the final grade in the gradebook.

  • Average of ratings: the mean of all ratings
  • Count of ratings: the number of rated items becomes the final grade. Note that the total for all ratings cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.
  • Maximum: the highest rating becomes the final grade.
  • Minimum: the smallest rating becomes the final grade.
  • Sum: all ratings are added together. Note that the total for all ratings cannot exceed the maximum grade for the activity.