Sample Start-Up Moodle Book (from online Sociology 1, Spring 2016)


In this class, you will participate in forums (see course schedule for dates).  Forums are virtual class discussions. 

These Forums challenge you to:

  • Demonstrate your understanding of course materials
  • Make connections between sociological concepts and current events
  • Interact with other students and me

In order to receive credit for Forum assignments, you must make original posts and responses by the stated deadlines, and all posts and responses are due by 11:00pm on due dates.  Late posts will not be graded or earn credit. 

Specific topics and instructions are given for each week’s Forum, but here are some general instructions:

  1. Click into the Forum for the week Forum Image
  2. Read the instructions carefully before you begin
  3. When you’re ready, click “Add A New Discussion Topic” at the bottom of the instructions
  4. Create a title in the “Subject” box and then type your post into “Message” box.  Unless you’re a fast thinker/typer, I recommend that you type up your post elsewhere first (Word, Google docs, etc.), and then enter the Forum when you’re ready and cut and paste into the message box.                                            
  5. When you’ve completed entering your response, click “Post to Forum” at the bottom of the page.  You will see your post appear.
  6. After you submit your post, you will have 30 minutes to review and edit it.  To edit your post, click on the Subject of your post to open it, then click “Edit” in the lower right corner and edit as needed.
  7. Before you respond to other students’ post, be sure to read the instructions carefully about what type of comments are expected in your response.
  8. When you’re ready to respond to other students’ posts, click on the subject of their post to enter it, and click “Reply” in the lower, right corner and type your response.
  9. After Forums are graded, you’ll be able to view your Forum grade (and all your grades) by clicking “Grades” on the main course page, on the left side of the screen.

Click here to link to a PDF version of these instructions