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Forums: Contribute to Class Discussions

The forums tool allows your class to engage in online, threaded discussion.

Reply to a Thread

  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click "Forums" in the left menu.
  3. Click the topic title.
  4. Click the thread title.
  5. Read the message.
  6. Click "Reply" to the right of the message title.
  7. Use the Text Box:
    • For the best experience, we recommend that you first write and save your work in a word processor, like Microsoft Word. Once ready, you can copy your material and "Paste from Word" into the text box.
    • Copy your text from the word processor.
    • Click in the text box.
    • Click the tool "Paste from Word."
    • Click in the Paste from Word popup window.
    • Paste your work [ Ctrl+V (PC) or Command+V (Mac) ].
    • Click "OK."
  8. Attach a document (optional):
    • Your instructor may ask you to submit a document, such as Microsoft Word or PDF.
    • Click "Add Attachments."
    • Click "Browse."
    • Select the file from your computer and click "Open."
    • Wait for the file to upload.
    • Click "Continue."
  9. Click "Post Message."

Post New Thread

  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click "Forums" in the left menu.
  3. Click the topic title.
  4. Click Post New Threadto the right of the topic title.
    • NOTE: Instructors have the option to allow students to create their own threads within a topic. If the "Post New Thread" option is not available within a topic, please consult with your instructor.
  5. Enter a Title for your new thread of discussion on the topic.
  6. Use the Text Box:
    • For the best experience, we recommend that you first write and save your work in a word processor, like Microsoft Word. Once ready, you can copy your material and "Paste from Word" into the text box.
    • Copy your text from the word processor.
    • Click in the text box.
    • Click the tool "Paste from Word."

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    • Click in the Paste from Word popup window.
    • Paste your work [ Ctrl+V (PC) or Command+V (Mac) ].
    • Click "OK."
  7. Attach a document (optional):
    • Your instructor may ask you to submit a document, such as Microsoft Word or PDF.
    • Click "Add Attachments."
    • Click "Browse."
    • Select the file from your computer and click "Open."
    • Wait for the file to upload.
    • Click "Continue."
  8. Click "Post Message."

Frequently Asked Questions

"I can't edit or delete my post. What should I do?"
The instructor or site owner defines the settings for each forum or topic. Some of these settings include the ability for people to edit or delete postings (all, their own, or none). If you do not see the "Edit" or "Delete" options on your posts, please consult with your instructor or site owner.

"When I copy text from Microsoft Word, it adds a lot of code to my post. Is there a way to paste without this extra code that Microsoft Word adds?"
Writing a response in Microsoft Word is strongly recommended. Unfortunately, Microsoft Word uses a lot of extraneous formatting code. If you copy from Word and paste directly into the text box of Courses, it will display this ugly code. To avoid these problems, use the "Paste from Word" button in the text box toolbar.

"I want to embed a YouTube video in my post. Can I do this?"
Yes. However, for the best display, we recommend that you strip away all of the <param> tag code.

  1. Click the "Source" button in the text box toolbar.
  2. Place your cursor where you want to insert the YouTube video.
  3. Paste the code from YouTube.
  4. Remove all of the <param> tag code. Example:
    1. <object width="640" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1skBWSln_j4?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1skBWSln_j4?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="640" height="385"></embed></object>
  5. Click "Source."
  6. Click "Post Message."

"Is there a way to receive an email when new posts are made to a class discussion forum?"
Yes. Using the "Watch" feature, you can choose whether or not to receive notification emails from a course forum. To enable or disable notifications, visit the course site. Click Forums > Watch > select your desired option > Save.

"I'm receiving email alerts for each post in a course forum. How can I change these notifications?"
Using the "Watch" feature, you can choose whether or not to receive notification emails from a course forum. To enable or disable notifications, visit the course site. Click Forums > Watch > select your desired option > Save.