Forums are used for asynchronous discussions between the Instructor and the students. In an online or blended course, appropriately used forums build a sense of commitment and community and allow students to reflect on and apply course material. General forums can also provide a place for students to post technical and content-related questions and clarify assignments. this document provides an overview of the elements of a good forum question, the different forum types available to select from, and strategies for optimizing forum participation. For instructions on how to set up your forums, use the document Setting Up Forums.