Course formats: Topic Forums course format

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Topic Forums course format adds forums below the topic sections of the Onetopic course format. Each topic has its own discussion forum.
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The course topic sections are displayed one at a time. Students navigate this structure through tabs at the top or a drop down list at the bottom.

Below each topic section is the social forum that belongs to the section. These forums are a great place to engage students in social learning. The forum post are immediately visible, without the need to click a forum link within the topic.


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  • Picture of Beto Castillo Llaque
    Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 2:18 AM
    When I logged as a Guest (moodle 2.1.2+), is not posible to change topics (tabs) , It seems a permissions issue . May you guide me how to resolve it ?
  • Picture of Thomas Alsén
    Tue, Nov 22, 2011, 4:32 AM
    I couldn't rename the tab names in Moodle 2.1.2 so I replaced line 108 in format.php
    $sectionname = get_section_name($course, $thissection);
    if(empty ($thissection->name))
    $sectionname = get_section_name($course, $thissection);
    $sectionname = $thissection->name;

    And can now change the tab names.
  • Sun
    Wed, Jan 18, 2012, 6:22 PM
    The course format has been translated into Russian language and fixed some issues (especially in grid format). Download:
  • Picture of P H
    Sat, Jan 28, 2012, 4:10 AM
    It would be a big plus if we can choose the kind of forum (Single Simple Discussion, for example) and name it as we wish,
  • Picture of Matt Jenner
    Sat, Jan 28, 2012, 10:24 PM
    if I wanted to swap out the forum for another activity, say for example a wiki or a database is this a simple procedure? I' looking at the code and it's not obviously clear (at the moment). Any help would be appreciated.
  • Picture of Chris Gibson
    Mon, Feb 6, 2012, 5:24 PM
    We're evaluating several themes on the same install. This uses the same function names as the onetopic format, meaning the cron job failed with this error : PHP Fatal error: Cannot redeclare callback_onetopic_uses_sections() (previously declared in /moodle/course/format/forumtopic/lib.php:32) in /moodle/course/format/onetopic/lib.php on line 33
  • Picture of Mathew Hillier
    Fri, Mar 8, 2013, 5:02 PM
    note: this course format does not work with moodle 2.3+.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, May 17, 2013, 1:08 AM

    Is there any intent to update this format to Moodle 2.2, 2,3, 2.4 and 2.5?


  • Picture of Administrador de Tveuropa
    Mon, Aug 14, 2017, 9:26 AM
    Hello, the plugin is very good, and I use it for my courses.
    There are only two drawbacks I have found and causes me much trouble:
    -- Sometimes I need to change the format of the course to test something or to draw items to another section. When I do this all the proprieties of each section are deleted. It should be very good if this information were stocked somewhere and restored when I swich back to tabs format.
    -- It's very ennoying that I can't draw items from one section to another.
    I hope it could be hepful. Thanks and regards.
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