Learn@Illinois Moodle - Change Forum Subscription Settings
As an instructor, you can decide when students should receive emails from a forum by changing the subscription settings.
When you add a forum to your course site, special attention should be given to the email subscription settings. Depending on how these settings are configured, your students may or may not be emailed every time someone posts to the forum.
If a forum is posted to frequently and you force your students to subscribe to it, you may end up inadvertently flooding your students' inboxes. Likewise, if a forum contains important and time-sensitive messages but your students are not subscribed, they could miss out on critical information. To change the subscription settings for a forum, follow the steps below.
- Click on the name of a forum to enter the forum page.
- In the Administration block on the left, under Forum administration, click Edit settings.
- Scroll down and click on Subscription and Tracking.
- Use the "Subscription mode" drop-down list to choose how people subscribe to the forum. The available subscription modes are described below:
Optional subscription – Participants can choose whether or not to subscribe.
Forced subscription – Everyone is subscribed and cannot unsubscribe.
Auto subscription – Everyone is subscribed initially but can choose to unsubscribe at any time.
Subscription disabled – Subscriptions are not allowed.