Student Guide to Moodle

Participating in Discussions

Editing Text

Discussion forums feature a simple interface for entering text that is just for forum posts.

Screenshot with Use advanced editor highlightedThis quick entry interface allows you to enter text just as you do when you're using Facebook or other social media. You can use standard keyboard shortcuts for simple formatting (bold, italic, and underline), but for any embellishments beyond that (inserting links or images, adding bullets, creating a table, etc.), you need to select the advanced editor. Once you open this editor, you'll be able to use all of the formatting options available in our normal HTML editor as shown below.

Copy & Pasting: If you draft your response outside of Moodle, copy what you have written using Ctrl+C or Command+C. Use Ctrl+V or Command+V to paste what you copied into the new text box (right-clicking and pasting will not work online due to browser limitations).

Screenshot of reply textbox in advanced editor

This complete guide to editing text describes the icons that you'll encounter in Moodle text boxes. Be sure to note the helpful hints provided along the way.