It's easy to set up discussion forums in Study Direct so that different groups of students have their own discussion forum space.
1) First of all, set up the groups in the site.
2) Pick to the section where you want to add the group forum, and choose "Forum" from the "Add an activity" menu.
3 a) Provide a title for the forum in the "Forum name" field.
Provide some brief explanatory text in the "Forum introduction" field.
This might be a good place to let students know whether or not their discussions will be visible to other groups (see below for a description of these settings)
3 b) In the "Common module settings" section at the end of the page, choose the group mode you want for this forum. You have two options for groups:
Separate groups: students can only view and post within their own group
Visible groups: students can view all groups but can post within their own group
(Tutors can view and post in all groups).
3 d) Once you have completed the settings for the forum, choose "Save and return to course".
You have now set up a forum that will be based on the groups that you have created for this site.
When staff and students access your site, they will see a single forum as shown in the screenshot below. When students access this forum, they see a forum based on just those students in their group. When staff access the forum, they can choose to view all postings or to filter by group.
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