Moodle Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format

 had an interesting call about needing blogs for a class.   The need was to have each student post a topic and have a discussion follow as you would on a blog site.  The solution we found was to use a "Moodle Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format” and have each student “add a new topic with their name in the title.   Then the classmates can click “discuss the topic” to add comments.  It keeps the discussion within the Moodle course so it avoids issues and concerns of using third party resources that we may not have covered under FERPA. 
Screen shot showing how it displays (pardon the rough experimenting content).  The first was done in my normal role and the second was done in a student role. 
It's easy to set up – It's just another option on the Forum Type: