Wednesday 29 April 2009

Create a Quick Discussion Forum

I'm not sure how many people still use text based threaded discussion forums, but if you do, Forumotion is a pretty powerful tool with some nice features that you can use to set one up for free.

It's very quick, and you don't need any technical skills or hosting. Basically you just go to, and click on 'Create a free forum'. You'll then be able to select from a range of different template designs. Once you've chosen the one you want you fill in the details of your forum and create a password. You'll then be ready to activate you forum and start using it. The best place to start in on the Administration Panel. Here you can get some tips on how to get started and how to get your forum registered with search engines etc. If you want to see what a forum can look like and try it out, there's one here which I created as an example.  

 Forumotion has some nice features and is pretty simple. There is also a newsletter function so that you can send messages to all the members of your forum. This is a handy tool if you are teaching distance classes, or would just like to set up some simple online discussion topics for your students. It also looks like they are taking their responsibilities seriously regarding e-safety too, though you should still read the terms of use, as there is some sharing with third parties of non-personal information.  

Hope you find this useful.  

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Nik Peachey - Pedagogical Director - PeacheyPublications Ltd




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