Discussion Forums & Chat Rooms

Please note: You may also like to have a look at the E-Learning Theory and Methodology section about how forums and chat rooms can be implemented to ensure 'effective' discussions take place - click here to read it.

Discussion Forums

On-line discussion forums are a great way to have class discussions or debates over a period of time.  

Because the discussions are on-line people can participate in the discussion regardless of their location and and contribute at a time and at a pace that suits them best.

On this page you will find links to sites that allow you or your students to set up free & secure online forums quickly and easily.  

As all of them accomplish the same thing, which one you use depends on your personal preference:

Your institution's VLE should also allow you to create forums.
The video above introduces forums and explains how to set them up in Moodle.