A discussion forum is a public and dynamic discussion space on the Internet where different persons can exchange their ideas and opinions on a precise subject, in real or delayed time. The discussion can be led by a facilitator. To assure the smooth running, the websites that offer a forum implement a moderation system that suppresses the messages that do not respect the usage charter or that can lead to legal repercussions.
Note: The discussion forum can be part of an asynchronous eLearning solution.
Other terms used: forum, Internet forum
(see Web 2.0)