I've had a look but couldn't seem to find anything. My question is:
Is there a way to have the forum display with the discussion part taking up 80% of the screen space?
My students inevitably click the person's name who started the forum post - it's in the middle of the screen, and it kind of makes sense to click that. No matter how often I tell students, it is the one thing that continually sends students on the wrong path. They click the person's name, then try and send messages rather than post replies.
This, to me, is a major design fault and I wonder is there any way I can change it.
Discussion (couldn't this be called something else? "Discussion topic", "My posting" or something clearer) is what should be clicked to get to the content. Giving that maximum screen space is essential I think. Replies is the next most important section and should come next to discussion, then who created the most recent reply, who started the post and which group they are in. 75%, 5%, 10%,10% is my ideal screen space layout. What do others think?
I know forum has been around for a long time. I've only had a few students in the past (have used Moodle since 1.2) that have had troubles and those have been in small classes, so not a biggie. But I have a course with over a thousand students from 4 different countries now and we are having the same problem in all 4 countries so it doesn't seem to be limited to one culture (as I initially thought it might be.) I'd be very interested in others thoughts on this and if there is a way to change the layout.