There are several different kinds of forums, each suited to a different context and with varying key features.
You can select the type of Forum you would like to add to your LEO Unit under the 'General' tab in your settings page. Simply click on the dropdown menu next to 'Forum type'.
A brief description of each type of Forum is included below:
Standard forums for general use
An open forum that allows participants to create their own topics, post and reply. Whilst a standard forum provides the most open format it can generate a lot of discussion to keep track of. This is where you need to set expectations around how much time, as a teacher, you will invest in responding to posts, or if it is for peers to respond only.
Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format
An open forum where anyone can start a new post. Topics are displayed on a single page with links to ‘discuss this topic’.
Each person posts one discussion
Participants can only post one topic, which everyone can then reply to. This is good if you want to create a body of knowledge where each student is responsible for only one topic.
A single simple discussion
A single topic everyone can reply to (cannot be used with separate groups). Keeps the postings on topic.
Participants must post their answer before seeing other replies. This is a useful forum to use to provide equity in allowing all participants to respond without feeling they are repeating previous comments.