Forums are for discussions with all of the members of your class. If your instructor creates a forum, you can then create topics within the forum or contribute to a current topic by posting a message.

A group of related topics for discussion. Only your instructor can create forums. For example, Homework Questions.
A group of posts about a particular theme in a forum. You can create a new topic if needed. For example, Homework 1.
An individual message in a forum topic. Add new posts to contribute to the conversation. For example,
A cool mnemonic for remembering the order of Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family is King Phillip Called Off Fighting.

If you do not see any forums and you would like them, ask your instructor to set up forums in WebAssign.