Old modules and plugins

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Activity Module: OU wiki

Example screen
Type: Activity Module
Requires: Moodle 1.9 or later
Status: Contributed
Maintainer(s): The Open University

Key points and issues

  • Relies on HTML editor; does not use wiki markup except for links.
  • Can live alongside the existing wiki - does not make any attempt to convert content.
  • Includes integrated comments on pages or headings; or a new annotation system that lets teachers add 'notation' to a wiki page.
  • Supports most features of the old wiki except for wiki markup (as above) and attachments.

If you want a search facility for the wiki, you must also install the ousearch block.


  • PHP 5
  • Moodle 1.9

Tested databases

  • Postgres 8
  • MySQL 5


  • English (en)
  • German (de, de_du) - thanks to Eckart Stoermer for translation
  • French (fr) - thanks to Nicolas Dunand for translation

Note: If reporting any bugs with ouwiki, please use the Moodle bug tracker (select contributed modules, then OU wiki under 'component'). Alternatively you can contact me directly to me by email or Moodle private message. Posting comments here isn't a good idea if you want a response, because I don't get automatic notification of comments on this page.


You probably want the stable version. This version corresponds to the latest OU version that is running on live OU servers, meaning that it is likely to be highly tested and reliable.

In order to get the stable version, do not use any of the download links at bottom of this page. Instead, you must access it from the following link:

Look for the latest version number (bearing in mind that changes to major version number will include new features etc. and may require more testing) and download that.

Note: If you want the unstable version, for example if you are doing development work, this can be found in the Moodle CVS or by the download links below.

Record added by sam marshall - Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 10:54 PM
Last modified - Thursday, 28 October 2010, 10:00 PM


  • Picture of Nadav KavalerchikNadav Kavalerchik - Wed, 10 Feb 2010, 3:57 AM
  • simpsons_avatar2matt greenwolfe - Sat, 27 Feb 2010, 4:27 AM
    I followed your instructions for creating and using a template, but all I get is a blank screen when I first access the wiki. refreshing the screen or trying to access again reverts to an empty wiki and the module never seems to try to install the template again. Has anyone had success with templates or have suggestions for solving this error?
  • Picture of Carlo GrandiCarlo Grandi - Mon, 1 Mar 2010, 2:11 AM
    Database problem: Duplicate entry 'e' for key 'mdl_blocouseword_wor_uix' (code OUWIKI-ouwiki.php/1788)

    moodle 1.9.7
    ouwiki gen2010
  • Picture of Lorena AraujoLorena Araujo - Mon, 15 Mar 2010, 7:35 PM
    Hi Sam,

    I've sent you a massage about the "cut text" problem in Ouwiki:

    "We'are usind the OUwiki module, and we are triyng to fix a singular problem. When we copy and paste a content from wikipedia, for exemple, depending how big it is the content will not be completly saved, So we lost a lot of content when we try to save the big page. But... if we click first in "Preview" and than we click on "Save" the content will not be lost.
    have you seen something like this? There is a way to fix it without update the moodle?

    Note: We discovered something, this problem occours when we use moodle 1.9.5, and when we test the same thing on moodle 1.9.7 it doesn't occours. But it keep being a problem for us, becouse we cant update our moodle 1.9.5 for now only some archives.

    I looked for the fixed item in community, that resolved this problem in update, but i guess nobody never asked about this before, and its not like a commom problem.

    You sent me the steps to reproduce the problem and that is what we do to lost text when we copy and paste. Is missing just one detail, It occours in moodle 1.9.5:

    1) go to http://whatever/ (eg a wikipedia page)
    2) with the mouse, select from the start of the word 'whatever' (describe where this is) to the end of word 'whatever' (describe where that is)
    3) press ctrl-c to copy
    4) go to ouwiki and create a new page
    5) click into the editor and press ctrl-v to paste
    6) click save
    --> error occurs

    Thanks a lot for your attention. You know it's very important for community.
    Thank you.

  • Picture of Lisa PediciniLisa Pedicini - Tue, 18 May 2010, 9:19 PM
    Thank you for this Wiki, which is an improvement over the default Moodle wiki.

    How is the delete a page option coming? The lack of a delete page option is problematic in that those getting comfortable with this wiki feel as if their missteps live on forever, mockingly. smile
  • simpsons_avatar2matt greenwolfe - Tue, 25 May 2010, 12:14 AM
    In February, I posted about troubles with templates in OU wiki. Now that the school year is out, I had time to track the problem to the DOMDocument::load function, which is apparently not provided by PHP5.1.6. Our administrator has no plans to upgrade the server from fedora core 6 or to upgrade PHP for another year yet.

    Does anyone know if there was a PHP 5.4 (or early 5.5) function that did a similar job to DOMDocument::load, or have any other advice for duplicating this function?

    In the meantime, I'll be looking into this myself and will probably eventually solve it. Would be nice to save some time, though, if anyone has more PHP knowledge. My situation may be pretty unique, so not sure if anyone else will have the problem.


  • Picture of Jane RiceJane Rice - Fri, 28 May 2010, 5:51 AM
    We are also having difficulty with templates. Creating a new OU wiki from a template used to work fine, but no longer does. The new wiki does not contain the imported template. In addition, when you first click on the new wiki after attempting to apply a template, a blank screen is displayed. The empty wiki appears, after you refresh the browser display.

    We're running Moodle 1.9.7 with PHP 5.1.6. I'm not exactly certain when the problem began, but it was within the last couple of months.

    Any assistance or tips would be appreciated.


  • Picture of L RobinsonL Robinson - Fri, 25 Jun 2010, 12:47 AM

    I just installed OU Wiki and are having the same issue as Lorena.  When we paste text that has been copied from another source (and is a large amount of data), the save function fails and we get a page not found error.

    Any troubleshooting would be welcomed as I like this wiki much better than the basic install but most of our users will be copying and pasting info from other documetation. So this needs to work.

    Many thanks in advance,


  • Picture of L RobinsonL Robinson - Fri, 25 Jun 2010, 12:48 AM
    Forgot to add-

    moodle  version 1.9.5

    database mysql 5.1.46 OK

    php  version 5.2.13

    OU wiki for 1.9

  • MeIan Wild - Thu, 18 Aug 2011, 6:34 PM
    Can the latest code be uploaded to Moodle CVS or similar? We can't access Google Docs in China and my school *really* wants this module installed smile Thanks in advance, a very frustrated Ian.
  • Picture of Tim LockTim Lock - Fri, 4 Nov 2011, 8:58 AM
    Created CONTRIB-3235 - OUWiki module sometime fails to be deleted
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