Forums are a place for those within a course to have an ongoing discussion with each other. Each individual will have the opportunity to respond to the topic of discussion (post), read what others have to say and then respond to anyone else's comments (reply). Each discussion will build over a period of several days.
You also have the option to subscribe to a forum. By subscribing to a forum you will receive emails to your personal email account informing you of any posts and replies made to that forum. The default setting is that you ARE subscribed to all forums so that you WILL receive emails. You can choose to subscribe or unsubscribe to all forums or individual forums. After you subscribe to a forum you can still unsubscribe at any time.
This tutorial will give you step-by-step directions on how to navigate the course forum showing you how to post, reply, subscribe and unsubscribe.