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Open Forums

Using Forums

There are many ways you can access forums.

Go to your course and find the Open forum activity.

Add discussion topics

Steps: Open forum > Add a new discussion

  1. From the Open forum, select Add a new discussion.
  2. Type a meaningful Subject and Message. Select Use advanced editor if you want to format your description.
  3. Select Submit.


Steps: Open forum > Discussion topic > Reply

You can reply to discussion topics and other replies.

  1. Select a recent discussion.
  2. Select Reply beneath the post you want to reply to.
  3. Type a subject for your post.
  4. Type your post or discussion thread.
  5. Select Submit.

Your reply appears under the original post.

Make anonymous posts

Some Open forums have anonymous posting turned on.

When you reply your post appears as by Anonymous User and your picture is removed. Only you see your name and picture in the reply.

How it looks to you

How it looks to everyone else

You don’t have to be anonymous if you don’t want to be. When typing your reply select Reveal yourself in this post.


Steps: Open forum > Discussion topic > Subscribe

You can subscribe to discussion topics and receive emails when there are new posts. Go to a discussion and select Subscribe.

Manage Open Forum subscriptions

Steps in Snap: Menu > Your name > Preferences > Forum preferences

Steps in other themes: Your name > Profile > Preferences > Forum preferences

Open profile in Snap

Open profile in another theme

Open forums allow you to configure settings in your user profile to manage forum subscriptions and tracking.

Locate the following settings and edit them.

  • Forum auto-subscribe: Select Yes: when I post, subscribe me to that forum to automatically subscribe to a forum when you post in any forum.
  • Forum tracking: Select Yes: highlight new posts for me to highlight unread forum posts in color when you enter a forum.

Keep track of recent posts in Snap

If you are using the Snap theme, you have two options for viewing and staying up-to-date with recent posts.

  • Course footer: Recent forum posts appear under Recent Activity in the course footer. Go to the bottom of the course to see it.
  • Personal menu: You can also see recent posts in your personal menu. Select Menu at the top of your Open LMS screen to open your personal menu.


A permalink allows you to link directly to a specific forum post so you can share it easily with others. Copy the URL of the discussion and paste it to share with others.