Discussions can be archived one by one or by backing up the complete forum with user data, then restoring it.

Archiving forums may be useful for example if a thread gets too long, if this is the case you can archive it and then start up the conversation again with a good summary overview of the previous threads.

To archive a discussion:

  • Create a forum named 'Archive forum' on your course page

  • Go to the forum containing the discussions you want to archive

  • Enter the discussion by clicking on the discussion name. At the top-right corner of the screen, you'll see a dropdown menu labelled Move this discussion to.

  • Select Archive forum from the list

  • You'll now see the discussion in the archive forum. Click the forums link in the navigation bar and select the original forum from the list.

  • Post a summary of the archived discussion in the original forum to restart the discussion.

Using an archive forum allows you to keep the discussions manageable whilst retaining all the original details.

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