Here’s a cool tool you could add to a Moodle site so that users could see multiple threads from different activities all pulled into one place in their course online. The Block is called “Forum Aggregator” and is developed/maintained by Tõnis Tartes.
If your course is discussion heavy this might be a cool way to provide students and “inbox” like experience to help manage where they need to reply and converse. The block is available for 2.6, 2.7, and 2.8.
Download it at https://moodle.org/plugins/view/block_forum_aggregator
According to the description,
Customized forum block, which allows teacher to select from which forums are latest posts shown on course page.
This block is an alternative for Recent News block which is tied to News Forum.
Includes all forums used in course
-Teacher can select one or more forums to be shown
-Can select number of latest posts to be shown(max 25)