Forums allow students to communicate with instructors and TAs in discussion threads. Course members can subscribe to a discussion topic to receive an emailed copy of discussion posts. Files such as images or audio/video can also be embedded into discussion posts.

How do I share media (audio or video) in a forum post?

See the Student Video Submissions page for instructions.

Accessing Forums in a cuLearn Course

You can access a forum in cuLearn by clicking on the forum link on your main course page, or by clicking on the forum link in the Activities block on the right side of your course page.

Example of a forum link on a cuLearn course page:

Example of forum link in the activities block:

Posting to a Forum

To post to a forum, you can add a new discussion topic or reply to an existing post.

To add a new discussion topic

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Click on the Forum name on your course page.
  4. Click Add a new discussion topic.                                                                                
  5. Under Your new discussion topic, enter a subject and message for your discussion topic.  
  6. You have the option to attach any related files to your post in the Attachment area.  You can attach a file in two ways:
    • Drag and drop your file into the designated area (see screenshot below).  
    • Upload your file by clicking the add file button (paper icon)  
  7. Click Post to forum.

Your discussion topic will now be listed on your main forum page (see screenshot below).  

To reply to a discussion post

  1. Click on the Forum name on your course page.
  2. Click on a Discussion thread and navigate to the discussion post you want to reply to.
  3. On the lower-right side of the post, click Reply.              
  4. Type your reply in the Write your reply… text box (see screenshot below).
  5. You have the option to embed media or attach related files to your reply by clicking Advanced.  You can attach a file in the Attachment section in two ways:
    • Drag and drop your file into the designated area (see screenshot below).  
    • Upload your file by clicking the add file button (paper icon)  
  6. Click Submit or Post to forum.

Your reply will now appear under the discussion post you responded to.

Subscribing to a Forum or Discussion

Your instructor can choose to enable automatic or optional subscription modes for cuLearn forums, or they can disable the subscriptions. If your instructor has enabled subscriptions, you can subscribe to a forum, or to a discussion within a forum, to receive email notifications in your Carleton email account when posts are added to the forum/discussion. In your cuLearn account settings, you also have the option to auto-subscribe to all forum discussions you participate in.

To Subscribe to a Forum:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Navigate to the forum you want to subscribe to and subscribe in one of the following ways:
    • Click the forum link on your main course page (see the forum link example above). You will be automatically taken to the forum page. In the settings gear drop-down menu on the top-right side of the forum page, select Subscribe to this forum (see image below).                 
    • In the Activities block on the right side of your course page, click Forums (see the activities block example above). You will be taken to a page that provides an overview of your course forums. In the Subscribed column, click the No button to toggle to Yes.

To Subscribe to a Discussion:

  1. Log in to cuLearn using your MyCarletonOne credentials.
  2. Click on your course link.
  3. Navigate to a Forum by clicking on the forum link on your main course page (see the forum link example above), or by clicking on Forums in the Activities block on the right side of your course page (see the activities block example above)
  4. Subscribe to a discussion in one of the following ways:
    • To subscribe from your main forum page:
      • Click the grey toggle button to the right of a discussion thread. The button will turn blue to indicate that you are subscribed to that discussion.  
    • To subscribe from within a discussion thread:
      • Click on a discussion thread on your main forum page.
      • Click on the blue subscribe link on the top-right side of the discussion page (see image below). The blue subscribe link will now appear as a subscribed link.
    • To subscribe while replying to a discussion post:
      • Click on a Discussion thread on your main forum page and navigate to the discussion post you want to reply to.
      • On the lower-right side of the post, click Reply.
      • UnderYour reply, click the Discussion subscription checkbox below your message to subscribe to the discussion you are replying to.

Editing Discussion Posts

NOTE: You only have 5 minutes to edit a discussion topic or reply once it’s been posted to the forum.

To edit a discussion post/reply:

  1. Click the Edit button in the lower-right corner of your post.
  2. When you have finished editing your post, click Save Changes.

You will see a green message at the top of your forum page confirming that your post has been updated.

Rate a Discussion Post

Forum posts can be rated by teachers or students (peer evaluation).

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