Whenever you create a Discussion Forum or Topic, you should provide instructions as to what type of postings are to be made in that specific area of the tool. This is also an opportunity to model the type of communication you consider acceptable within your online classroom. Or, even spell out your expectations and netiquette guidelines if desired. I usually start with a general statement that explains the basics.
For information on the “how to” of creating Discussion Forums and Topics, click here.
Regards, Dr. Jill
Jonnie “Jill” Phipps, Ph.D.