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How to: Post to a Forum on the BFCA Education Portal
Step 1: Locate the link to the forum on the course page, or if your instructor has added the Activities block, click Forums for a list of links to all forums in the course.
Step 2: Click the link to the forum. The Forum page will open with directions from your instructor at the top of the page.
Step 3: Depending on the type of forum, you may be able to start a new topic, or only reply to a topic or previous reply.
If there are already Topics started, you will see a list of topics. Topics with unread posts indicate the number highlighted in yellow.
Click a Topic Title (not the class member’s name) to open and read what has been posted so far on the discussion. Click Reply to post your response.
Note: For single-topic or blog-like forums, there is no table listing Topics. Posts are simply displayed on the Forum page.
If students are allowed to start new Topics, at the top of the page you will be able to click Add a new discussion topic (top) to start a new discussion thread.
Step 4: When reading a string of replies, you may have the option to change the display of the discussion. In this case you’ll see a drop-down menu at the top of the page with options to change the order and nesting of posts:
Step 5: To enter a new Topic or Reply, in the Subject field (required), type a brief but descriptive subject line.
Step 6: In the Message field (required), enter your new topic or reply. Use the HTML Editor toolbar to format text and add images, links to media, or equations.
Step 7: Under Subscription, you may be able to control whether you receive email notifications for new posts. (You can also access subscription settings from the Settings block while viewing the forum). If you don’t want to receive emails, set Subscription to I don’t want email copies of posts to this forum.
Note: Sometimes you will not be able to change the Subscription mode depending on the settings your Instructor has made.
Step 8: To add an attachment to your post, click Add and then choose your file using the File picker.
Note: Image files attached to a post will display below your post, but other file types will have to be downloaded to be opened.
Step 9: When your post is complete, click Save changes to submit.
Note: After you post a topic or reply, you have 30 minutes to edit or delete your post before an email is sent to any subscribers.