The Forum tool supports branching based on conditions. No setup is required in Forum - the condition is available automatically for a Tool Output Based Branching Activity if you have a prior Forum activity.
This condition is based on the total number of posts that a learner/participant had made in a forum. The condition is expressed as a number. For example, if Sally has added two messages to one thread, and one message to another thread in the SAME forum activity, the total number of posts is 3.
So for branching, an author could set up conditions so that all users who have 0 to 5 postings go to one branch, whereas the users who have 6 or more postings go to another branch. The number of postings is checked when the user reaches the branching point so if they go back to the forum later and add more postings, then they will NOT change branches.
Internationalisation key (for translators): output.desc.learner.number.of.posts
The Forum Tool now supports Text Based Conditions (see See LDEV-1944 on bugs.lamsfoundation.org). This means that Learners can be assigned to groups or streamed along branches according to their responses to a Forum Activity.
- To add a new condition to a Forum, first click the new Conditions Tab at the top of the screen, then click Add Condition.
- A unique name must be given to each condition created for the activity. It's best practice to relate the name to what the condition is testing for, such as: "Answered Blue" or "Mentioned Oxygen".
- For each condition, there are several options for how to search the Learners responses:
- Have all of these words: will seperate the learners who have entered each of the given words as part of their response.
- Have this exact wording: will seperate the learners who have entered the exact phrase as part their response.
- Have none of these words: will seperate the learners who have mentioned at least one of the given words as part of their response.
- Have none of these unwanted words: seperates the learners who have not mentioned any of the given words.
- These rules can be used simultaneously, and also can be applied to one or more seperate questions.
Conditions can be very specific:
... less specific...
... and very complex!