Adding Anonymous Forums

Article Last Updated April 2020

As an alternative to the standard Forum activity on eClass, instructors may add Anonymous Forums if they want students to be able to post in forums without being identified. A common use for this would be to allow students to post questions about course content without fear or to gather anonymous feedback about a course. Anonymous forums operate the same way as a standard forums apart from the display of poster identity: users may subscribe to anonymous forums and receive notifications from them but they do not log or track any user information or activity. 

Note that once you create an anonymous forum, it is not possible to determine who made a specific post (even for eClass site admins.)

 

Adding Anonymous Forums

  1. Click on Turn editing on, near the top right side.
  2. Move to the topic area where you wish to add content (the week, unit, etc.) and click on the Add an Activity or Resource button.
  3. Choose Anonymous Forum and click Add.
  4. A new page will appear with the forum settings.
  5. There is a wide range of settings where you can enter specific customizations for your forum. All that is required is the Forum name.

 

 

Using Anonymous Forums

Posting and generally using anonymous forums is very similar to using the standard forums.

When posting, Anonymous post is enabled by default - users can choose to reveal their identities by removing the check.

 

Anonymous posts appear the same way regular posts do but identified only by 'Anonymous'.

 

 

Notes:

  • All other features follow conform to those of a standard Forum.
  • Ratings and grading capabilities are not compatible with the nature of an anonymous forum. It is a known issue that these settings still appear in the interface. Removing the checkmark in 'Anonymous post' does not affect this. This category option should be ignored completely by users and ratings or grading should not be attempted on anonymous posts.

 

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