Using Oncourse Forums, how do I view messages?
To see the list of forums for your site, click
Forums in your site's menubar.
Note: The Forums tool is pre-populated with a default forum and topic.
Each forum appears in an enclosed box with its title and short
description displayed (if created). If a full description of the forum
View Full Description to view it.
Beneath the forum title, topics are listed by title and include a short description (if created). The following details also appear:
- A count of total messages
- A count of unread messages
- If a topic is moderated, the word "Moderated" will be displayed.
- If a topic has an attachment, its filename will be displayed. Click the filename to open the attachment or save it to your computer.
Clicking the title of any forum will open an isolated view of a particular forum and its topics.
Clicking the title of any topic will display conversations (i.e., threads of related messages) for that particular topic. If a conversation has more than one message, use the arrow to the left to view all messages in that conversation.
To expand all conversations, click
Mark All As Read in any given
conversation to automatically mark all the messages as read; if all
conversations are expanded,
Mark All As Read will mark all
messages in the topic as read. You can also manually mark each message as read
by clicking the envelope beside the message. Click a message
to also show how many people have read it.
To open a printable version of the messages, click the printer icon at
the top. A new window will
Send To Printer to print the messages, and then
Close Window to return to the message screen.
Clicking the title of a conversation will open an isolated view of its
individual messages. Each individual conversation displays a count of total messages and unread messages. Use the
View drop-down list to change
the display of messages.
Those with appropriate permissions (e.g., instructors) may see the content of all posts by a particular participant using the statistics function; see Participation statistics.
To open an individual message, click its subject.
In moderated forums, if you have the appropriate permissions to
approve messages, you can see messages awaiting your approval by clicking
Pending Messages; see Moderating messages in a forum.
If you're not a moderator, you'll see "PENDING" beside a message