Thursday, February 18, 2010

Forum Tracking in Moodle

Please note that this walk-thru was created with a 1.9 version of Moodle. Newer versions may not look the same.

Ok - I thought that I would make a blog post on this one since it is a question that is often asked by teachers using Moodle.

"Can Moodle show me the new posts so I don't have to filter through them all and try to remember which ones I have not read yet?"

The short answer to this is YES! Woot!

Here is the long answer...which includes the answer to the follow up question of HOW?

By default, this feature is not turned on. Each individual has to activate the setting in their profile in order to be able to see the tracking. Also, please note that whoever created the forum needs to also make the tracking available on that forum so even though you have it set to track unread posts in your profile you may not be able to see them if the tracking on a particular forum is turned off.

Here are some visual steps to being able to see the forum tracking. I realize that there are many paths that one could follow to accomplish this task. This is just one of the options that can help you to achieve this result.

For teachers creating forums,

1. Start by clicking on the forum you want to adjust the settings for.

2. Then you want to choose Update this Forum. This button can be found towards the upper right of the page.

3. You should find a setting called 'Read tracking for this forum?' By default it is set to optional which means that students can adjust settings for that forum individually if they don't want tracking for that particular forum. If set to yes or no - tracking on the forum cannot be chosen by the student. Since the default is set to 'optional', tracking will be enabled if it is turned on in the student's profile.

Don't forget to save your changes.
This button can be found at the bottom of the screen.

4. The next step is to click on your name in the upper right corner. This should take you to your profile. Once we get there, we will need to edit your profile.

5. Click on the tab that says 'Edit profile'

6. The setting we need to adjust is not readily visible so you need to click on the 'Show Advanced' button. This will bring up some more options.

7. This is the one we want to change.  Remember, you are updating your own profile. All students will have to make this adjustment as well if they want to see the tracking. Again, don't forget to save your changes.

Now when someone posts a new thread or reply in the forum, you will get a nice notification.

Again, I realize that there are a few ways to get to these spots but both things are required to view forum tracking.

Happy Moodle-ing!

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