Sometimes, instructors contact us for help with setting up an anonymous forum, whether for students to provide feedback or to encourage more discussion for students who are less confident in an online conversation. While this option can be useful, we often encourage faculty to use Connect Surveys or another tool for feedback and other potentially sensitive content, because Anonymous forums have opt-in features that are not ideal for these functions. If you decide that an Anonymous forum is the format for you, here’s how to set one up.
- With Edit Mode enabled, go into the “Create Forum” section, fill out the required fields, and select “Allow Anonymous Posts” under Forum Settings.
- When students create or reply to threads in the forum, they will see a “Post Message as Anonymous” option underneath the message field.
The “Post Message as Anonymous” option is not enabled by default. Make sure to remind students to check off this box!
- The post author will appear as “Anonymous” in the forum.
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