I’ve turned on a feature for all members in your Dashboard which lists the latest forum threads that folks have replied to the forum. It will list the latest person who has posted in the thread, the name of the thread, how many replies it has and other information.
To move this block around, just move your mouse to the right of the title “Latest Forum Threads” until you see a cross of arrows. Click that and then drag and drop to wherever you want to place it. Unfortunately, you will not be able to close this like other blocks in your Dashboard so you’ll just have to live with it. And if you don’t already visit the forum, maybe it’ll entice you to drop by.