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Moderating Discussion Forums

This course demonstrates how to moderate discussion forums to retain student engagement and encourage student interactions throughout the semester. Useful for anyone who is teaching online, in any discipline and at any level.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Summarise ways to encourage discussion in online forums.
  • Explain how to subscribe to, search, sort and collect forum posts in Learn.
  • Discuss ways to handle common problems within online discussions.


Basic knowledge of setting up a discussion board in Learn would be useful, although won't preclude someone from taking this course.


This will be delivered solely online via Blackboard Collaborate and places can be reserved through People and Money.

The materials below are referenced on the course.

Course materials