Steps to add discussion forums in your LMS


By Yasin Rahim

updated about 1 month ago

You can add a discussion forum to your LMS domain within minutes. BrainCert offers native and third party discussion extensions that is easy to use and intuitive. 

Step 1: 

Go to 'Account & Settings' and navigate to 'Forums' to create and manage forums.

Step 2:

Use Forum 'Settings' option to change the forum name, enable/disable forum, and enable/disable email notification for discussion replies.

Step 3:

When 'Enable Forum' is set to 'Yes' and saved, you will see 'Forums' link in the left menu item.

Step 4:

Create forum categories and sub-categories to allow users to start discussions. Start with creating a parent category.

Step 5:

After creating a parent category, for example, "Projects", click on the plus icon to create sub-categories under it. You can click on the 'Edit' icon to change the category name as well and cross icon to delete the category.

Step 6:

You will see a popup asking you to type a sub-category title. Type a name and click the "Add" button to save it.

You can drag-and-drop the category and sub-category to change the order.

Step 7:

To set up an icon for the forum category, click on the question mark icon.

Click on the relevant icon for the forum category to set it.

The selected icon can be seen on the left side of the forum category.


Be in complete control of your forum with the built-in access control lists (ACL). You can set certain restrictions to a certain user or user groups to what they can do in the discussions.

Step 8:

Click on 'Permissions' to see the list of 'Groups' under your LMS.

Click on the group name to set forum permissions for all the users of that user group. By default, the ACL settings for LMS groups have no access. LMS administrators will have to configure their ACL's accordingly in order to allow users to post and participate in discussions.

Step 9:

Setup all permissions carefully, and click "Save" and you are good to go!

Note that deleting a forum category will delete all sub-categories and discussion topics under it. This action is not reversible.

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