Tal.ki offers free embeddable forums which are very simple to set up and manage. With each forum, you can have up to 5 topics but you can sign up for more forums - you will just need a different log in for each one.
- Create and embed a forum on your VLE if your system (like ours) does not offer an 'on-page' discussion facility
- Set up a forum for regular discussions e.g. related to homework tasks
- Forums can be good for PBL (Project-Based Learning). As they are free, learners can set one up for each group to collaborate on their project.
- If using Google Sites, just go to Insert > More Gadgets > type 'tal.ki' and the gadget will appear. Customise it and add it to your page - easy!