Forum Improvements in Moodle 2.8

This post is part of a series of blog posts introducing what’s new in Moodle 2.8. This post provides an overview of the improvements to Moodle Forums.

Forums are used in modules to encourage communication, collaboration and debate among students.

  1. You can now set up a single scale rating such as ‘Like’ to enable students to like Forum posts, Glossary or Database entries. This feature could be used to engage students in contributing to Forums as they would be able to see that their posts were of value to their peers.
  2. Drafts of Forum posts save every minute.
  3. You can now subscribe to individual discussions within Forums.
Forum with 'Like' rating
Forum with ‘Like’ rating


This screencast introduces the improvements to Forums in Moodle 2.8.

Training and Guidance

Guidance for these new features and existing functionality in Moodle will be available from the 30th of June from

To support staff in exploring the new features in Moodle 2.8, LEaD will be running a series of initial workshops on What’s new in Moodle 2.8 after the update on 30th June. These sessions will run for 90 minutes and are suitable for all staff who have responsibility for designing, managing and/or administering Moodle modules. Staff can book a session using this form:

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