Info: Discussion Board Forum Types
When adding a new discussion forum you are given four options on the forum type. This article offers a short explanation of each forum type.
A single simple discussion – a single topic discussion developed on one page, which is useful for short focused discussions
Standard forum for general use – an open forum where anyone can start a new topic at any time; this is the best general-purpose forum
Each person posts one discussion – each person can post exactly one new discussion topic (everyone can reply to them though); this is useful when you want each student to start a discussion about, say, their reflections on the week’s topic, and everyone else responds to these
Q and A Forum – Instead of initiating discussions Teachers (only) pose a question in the initial post of a discussion. Students may reply with an answer, but they will not see the replies of other Students to the question in that discussion until they have themselves replied to the same discussion.