Learn@Illinois Moodle - Curbing Cheating in Forums by Requiring Students to Post First

Learn how to use a forum setting, available only in the Learn@Illinois Moodle Service, to limit cheating in forums. This prevents cheating by requiring students to make a post before being allowed to see other students' posts. It also helps reduce the "echo chamber" effect (i.e., repetition across posts) in some courses. This is similar to the functionality of the "Q&A Forum Type", but the "Q&A Forum Type" requires an initial post from the instructor.

For a permanent link to this information, please use: http://go.illinois.edu/MoodleCheatingForums

Note: After turning on this setting, students will need to wait 15 minutes before being able to see other students' posts.


  1. Click on the forum that you would like to edit.
    Click on the forum
  2. In the upper right corner, click the Actions menu gear.
    Click the Actions menu gear
  3. From the drop-down menu, select Edit settings
    Actions menu edit settings
  4. Under "General", verify that the "Forum type" is set up as a "Standard forum for general use". Check the checkbox next to "Require students to post before viewing others' posts".
    Require students to post before viewing
  5. Click Save and return to course.
    Save and return to course

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us at atlas-tlt@illinois.edu.

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Keywords:stop cheating, echo chamber, post first, boost   Doc ID:72400
Owner:ATLAS-TLT .Group:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
Created:2017-04-07 10:24 CSTUpdated:2019-07-24 09:05 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Liberal Arts and Sciences
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