Create a RamCT Discussion Forum

By Peter Connor

Discussion forums provide an electronic venue in which students may—with or without their instructor—exchange and explore ideas, continue in-class conversations after the bell has rung, so to speak, or instigate and carry on new ones outside of class. As a pedagogical tool, in other words, it extends the classroom.

Unlike chat rooms, which require a designated time in which all participants are in the room, discussion forum conversations are not time-sensitive. Students may contribute at any time they find convenient.

Colorado State University faculty members may learn how to create RamCT accessible discussion forums using the training materials posted on RamCT Help. To access most University operated computer services, however, you must have a valid electronic identity. Also known as your eID, it has two components: both your eName and your ePassword.

If you are new to the University and have not already created your eID, you may create and register your eName and ePassword by entering your last name, date of birth and pre-assigned 9-digit CSUID number in the fields provided on CSU's eidentity page.

To Access the Discussion Forum Training Materials on RamCT Help:

Go to the RamCT Help home page and:

  1. Locate the RamCT Resources section of the menu bar.
  2. Click on the RamCT Handouts/Tutorial option.
  3. Enter your CSU eName and ePassword and click continue.
  4. Click on the RamCT Discussion Tools link.
  5. The CTSS Discussion Tools PDF file will open.
  6. If this is all new to you, take a minute to familiarize yourself with the mini-tutorial in the Getting Started section. You will find useful information on planning, managing, moderating, evaluating and grading online discussions in this PDF as well.
  7. Then scroll down to Page 12 and study the Creating Discussion Topics and Questions section. It's pretty straightforward.
  8. When you are ready—assuming your RamCT section teaching shell* has already been created—log in to RamCT.
  9. Under Course Tools, click Discussions and follow the prompts.

*Note: Instructors may request RamCT section teaching shells after their individual college department teaching assignments have been made and entered into ARIES. For additional information, please see:

RamCT Section Information

RamCT New Section Checklist


Sally Hibbitt - Associate Director of CTSS