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How do I set up discussions forums for groups?

Monday, August 1st, 2016

You can use Sakai’s group settings to help you create forums for each of your groups. For example, say you have 5 groups of students in your course and you want each of them to have a forum where they can post comments or documents and respond to one another. You can also use the same functionality to open up separate discussion forms for individual sections of a course (such as labs or discussion sections).

To create a forum that is private to a single group:

  1. If you don’t already have groups in your course site, create groups (Site Info>Manage Groups>Add Groups). If you want to set up a forum for a specific section of your course and that roster is already in the Sakai site, you can skip this step.
  2. Go to Forums and click ‘New Forum‘.
  3. Create your first group forum.
  4. While creating the forum, scroll down and look for ‘Permissions’. You should see a drop-down menu to choose the site role. One of your options is to select a single group from the ones you added. Choose one and the permissions available will change. To keep things simple, you might want to choose Author under ‘gets this permission level‘. You’ll see the check boxes change below that. So in essence, you’re saying ‘I want Group 1 to be able to write and edit and read posts in the Group 1 forum’. Now change that drop-down to Student and set the permissions to ‘None‘. This means that students outside of Group 1 will not be able to see the forum.
  5. Repeat the process for Group 2, Group 3, and so on.

If you want group forums to be visible to every student in your class, but you only want students within the designated group to be able to add posts or respond to posts:

  1. If you don’t already have groups in your course site, create groups (Site Info>Manage Groups>Add Groups).
  2. Go to Forums and click ‘New Forum‘.
  3. Create your first group forum.
  4. While creating the forum, scroll down and look for ‘Permissions‘. You should see a drop-down menu to choose the site role. One of your options is to select a single group from the ones you added. Choose one and the permissions available will change. To keep things simple, you might want to choose ‘Author’ under ‘gets this permission level‘. You’ll see the check boxes change below that. So in essence, you’re saying ‘I want Group 1 to be able to write and edit and read posts in the Group 1 forum’. Now change that drop-down to ‘Student’ and make it ‘Reviewer‘ – which means students (beyond Group 1) will only be able to read this forum.
  5. Repeat the process for Group 2, Group 3, and so on.

Group Forums

One other note: Topics (sub-discussions within a Forum) inherit the Forum’s settings. So be sure to change your Topic’s settings if you want something different. However, if you modify forum permission settings after topics have been created, you must change the topic permission settings separately.

 

Can I be notified via email if something changes on my Sakai site?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

It is decided by the individual instructor or site administrator if they wish to send any email notifications.

You will receive an email message every time a high priority item is added to Announcements, Assignments, Syllabus and Resources. You can also be notified when a low priority item has been created (unless you have opted out of low priority items in Home > Preferences > Notifications).

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Students will get email when they submit an assignment.

If you contribute to a Forum, by default you will be sent email messages when a new thread or reply is created. You can change the setting by clicking Watch at the top of the Forum tool and selecting a new option.

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