The Search Forums block is powerful, allowing instructors to run "Advanced search" for a combination of a forum name and a student's name. I'd like to suggest a few improvements, and welcome your feedback:
- Add "Next student" and "Previous student" arrow buttons on the search results page
- Sort the posts oldest to newest (like in a standard forum) rather than newest to oldest
- Identify more clearly which posts are "new discussion topics" and which are "replies" (to assist a teacher who may grade out of 100, giving up to 50 points for the original post, and up to 25 for each reply)
Or, Moodle HQ, you could create an easier and faster way to grade students in forums, like in some other LMSs. Ideally, this speed-grading of forums would show each student's posts for a forum, with easy tools for moving through the list of students, and include a notification of students who had not posted, and allow the teacher to give them a 0 (because the default is empty grade fields are ignored).
Screenshot showing what I'm talking about is attached.