Course formats ::: format_board
Maintained by Rodrigo Brandão
"Board" (Grids and Blocks) is a course format in grid for Moodle 2.8 or later with full flexibility between sections and columns. You can choose quantity and width of columns and quantity of sections in each column.
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"Board (Grids and Blocks)" is a course format in grid for Moodle 2.8 or later with full flexibility between sections and columns. You can choose quantity and width of columns and quantity of sections in each column.

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  • John Provasnik at Moodle Moot US
    Fri, Dec 16, 2016, 5:11 AM
    Understand it now... each "Group" is a just a vertical column (not a row). So Group 1 @ 50% for column 1 with x topics in the column, then Group 2 @ 50% for column 2 with x topics in the column.
  • Rodrigo Brandão
    Tue, Dec 20, 2016, 10:03 PM
    John, I will find out the problem... and fix the issue in the next week release! smile
  • John Provasnik at Moodle Moot US
    Thu, Jan 5, 2017, 2:39 AM
    Turns out I was not using 2016111600. I downloaded and all is working perfectly!
  • John Carvajal
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 7:32 PM
    Hello, the format presents error when performing a backup in Moodle "error / setting_invalid_ui_label". How to solve the error?
  • John Provasnik at Moodle Moot US
    Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 8:35 PM
    @ John - are you using the latest version of this plug in? Because that solved the same issue for me on Moodle 3.0
  • John Provasnik at Moodle Moot US
    Mon, Apr 10, 2017, 8:46 PM
    Rodrigo - on 3.0 using either the clean or Blocks layout, the General section still does not get outlined. Is there a code snippet I can add to get this outlined? When I try to add something to my custom CSS I can get the outline back but then all the parts below bump back into to a vertical column instead of side by side like I had set them up.
  • Jacques LeCavalier
    Tue, Aug 1, 2017, 7:51 PM
    Hi, Rodrigo. Thanks for building this simple yet very useful course format! Can you tell me if it might somehow be possible to combine the Onetopic TABS approach with the Board format's grid approach?

    What I would love is to have course modules be selected via Tabs at the top of the page, and then have a grid of sections for each Module page.

  • Gabriel JALAM
    Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 11:33 PM
    I am the admin of a Moodle platform (version 3.3+). My version of php is 7.1
    In any course, if I use the Board course format, when I turne editing on, if I want to change the title of a topic with the "Edit topic name" function I get this error message:

    Error calling update processor
    Stack trace:
    Error code: inplaceeditableerror
    * line 467 of /lib/external/externallib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    * line 228 of /lib/externallib.php: call to core_external::update_inplace_editable()
    * line 59 of /lib/ajax/service.php: call to external_api::call_external_function()

    Changing the title of this section through the Edit topic Menu, I do not get this error message.
    This error only appears with the Board course format, it does not appear with other course formats.
    Do you know how to fix this problem?
    Thank you.
  • Adam Welle
    Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 1:40 AM
    To fix the inplace_editable error, you can copy the last function out of "course/format/topics/lib.php" into "course/format/board/lib.php" and update it for the "board" plugin rather than the "topics" plugin. You will be implementing the missing called as a function named "format_board_inplace_editable".
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Wed, May 22, 2019, 6:23 PM

    Alguma previsão de atualização para este plugin?

  • Gabriel JALAM
    Mon, Jul 15, 2019, 9:58 PM
    Thank you Adam. It works now! I add this in the end of "course/format/board/lib.php" file:

    * Implements callback inplace_editable() allowing to edit values in-place
    * @param string $itemtype
    * @param int $itemid
    * @param mixed $newvalue
    * @return \core\output\inplace_editable
    function format_board_inplace_editable($itemtype, $itemid, $newvalue) {
    global $DB, $CFG;
    require_once($CFG->dirroot . '/course/lib.php');
    if ($itemtype === 'sectionname' || $itemtype === 'sectionnamenl') {
    $section = $DB->get_record_sql(
    'SELECT s.* FROM {course_sections} s JOIN {course} c ON s.course = WHERE = ? AND c.format = ?',
    array($itemid, 'board'), MUST_EXIST);
    return course_get_format($section->course)->inplace_editable_update_section_name($section, $itemtype, $newvalue);
  • Sarolta Godnic Vicic
    Sun, Aug 25, 2019, 9:43 PM
    Hello, I was wondering if you will be updating the plugin for Moodle 3.7? I really like this plugin and would appreciate its update. Thanks.
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Aug 18, 2020, 4:37 AM
    Is it compatible with 3.9+ version of Moodle?
  • Tomek Szopa
    Fri, Sep 23, 2022, 5:21 AM
    Our platform uses a lot of the Board Format. It is really good looking. Any hope it will be updated??? It has been already 5 years and we are now in Moodle 4.0...
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Sep 19, 2023, 10:01 PM
    Is it compatible with 4.1+ version of Moodle?
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