Course formats: Socialwall Format

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The Moodle Socialwall will transform your Moodle course into a social learning platform. This includes a familiar post interface, timeline of posts, filtering of the timeline, and integration with Moodle's activities and resources. A social learning format allows teachers to pick up the tool and begin using it right away.
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A big thanks to a new Moodle 3.3 version which was patched and fixed by David Herney Bernal

If you have a fix or improvement we would love to include it.  Please contact Chris Kenniburg.

Initial funding and support provided by the Regional Educational Media Center (REMC) Association of Michigan.  

The Moodle Socialwall will transform your Moodle course into a social learning platform.  This includes a familiar post interface, timeline of posts, filtering of the timeline, and integration with Moodle's activities and resources.  A social learning format allows teachers to pick up the tool and begin using it right away.

Google Presentation for Moodle Socialwall Course Format

A super big thank you to REMC Michigan for supporting and funding this project.

Special thanks to Moodle Partner Synergy Learning for doing the hard work of developing this course format.

Special Notes: 

  • Do not change an existing course to the Socialwall format. It is possible and will work just fine, but will have undesired results/consequences due to how social wall puts all activities and files into topic one (behind the scenes). 
  • All activities and resources added to a Socialwall course will appear in Topic One if switched to the standard Topic Format of Moodle. It is possible to switch from Socialwall to Topic Format if a teacher wants to move into a more traditional online learning model. The teacher would then just need to arrange their activities and resources into the topic areas. 
  • Using CSS you can alter the appearance of the Socialwall. An example can be found in how the evolve-D theme displays the Socialwall and timeline. evolve-D Theme
  • Be sure to activate the URL Resource filter to get automatic embedding of Youtube videos and links. 
  • The Alert Block is designed to display class alerts and other useful events in the course. It is recommended to add this to your sidebar.

Installation and Use

Watch a Google hangout we did explaining how to install and use the Socialwall Format.

Additional Information

The eCommunity Platform uses a new Moodle Course Format (called Socialwall) which alters the way a typical course looks and behaves. Most people use "Topic” or "Weekly” course formats in Moodle.

This is new course format offers a timeline, where teachers and students may post and/or comment on. It is fully integrated in Moodle, so teacher may:

  • make different kind of posts (Alerts, sticky post)
  • attach activities to timeline-posts (via Drag and Drop too)
  • attach files and URLs to posts
  • comment on posts or reply to comments

Students (depending on capabilites) may:

  • make standard posts
  • attach resources (files or links) to posts
  • comment on posts or reply to comments
  • view results and feedback of assignments in their timeline

The Socialwall-Package includes:

  • a new Course Format (called socialwall, format_socialwall)


  • a new Filter (filter_urlresource) to alter the way a posted url-Resource will be displayed
  • a local plugin (local_filterurlresbak) to backup and restore the filter data (unfortunately moodle doesn't support backup and restore for filter data).
  • a new Block to display upcoming events and alerts related to the course (block_alerts).


This plugin is part of set Socialwall course format.


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  • Picture of antonio doza
    Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 9:46 AM
    If I've Snap theme, doesn't appear the box for comments. How can I fix it?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 7:27 PM
    It might not work with all themes. Try the default Boost theme and if that works contact the developers of Snap to see if they can make it work.
  • Picture of Daniel Garcia
    Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 11:32 AM
    Has anyone tried it on 3.5? Planning on upgrading site to newest moodle, wanted to know if anyone has experienced problems with this before? Thanks!
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 9:43 PM
    Daniel, We haven't used this with Moodle 3.5 but it didn't present any issues in Moodle 3.4. If your courses use this then I would caution you to try it out on a development site first before upgrading your Moodle site.
  • Picture of Mahendra Kumar
    Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 4:06 PM
    I have installed social wall course format plugin. But upload file and add link option of social wall course format plugin is not working. How we can resolve to this issue. There are "Social wall format, Social format, Social wall format, Topic format and weekly format" in course format and I am using Social wall format. but upload and add URL option is not working.
  • Picture of Mark Lapsley
    Tue, Aug 27, 2019, 11:34 PM
    i have found if i post a comment then change my profile picture the users then becomes an unknown user for the recent post I posted
  • Picture of Mahmoud Taher
    Sun, Sep 22, 2019, 10:59 PM
    I already installed the plugin but and I activated the Enable notification but the plugin does't send mails ...
    please reply me if you can solve this issue
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Sep 23, 2019, 10:34 PM
    Mahmoud, Email is tricky. The plugin should work on appropriate versions of Moodle but we are no longer developing it for current or future versions.
  • Picture of Mahmoud Taher
    Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 1:43 AM
    Chris , I faced alert (parsefailed) when I write a comment or reply comment but when I make resfresh to the page I found the comment that I written is founded
  • Picture of Mahmoud Taher
    Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 1:47 AM
    Also this alert message appear when I scroll down the page to the previous posts
  • Picture of Sokunthearith Makara
    Mon, Apr 13, 2020, 12:18 AM
    I tested this format plugin with Moodle 3.8.2 and fixed some layout issues. Everything seems working except the notification part. Cron job gave "!!! Exception - Class 'object' not found !!!". I understand the plugin is no longer supported, but can you give me some directions to fix this?
  • Picture of _H _M
    Sat, May 16, 2020, 1:32 PM
    Sokunthearith Makara, I had the same problem, for fixing the notification problem you have to change the file "notification.php" under the folder "socialwall /classes/local" and change into the function create_message "new object" into "new \core\message\message"
  • Picture of Janko Harej
    Thu, May 28, 2020, 2:49 PM
    Is there any technical reason that plugin is not maintained any more or there just isn't enough time/money? Could those that manage to install it under moodle 3.8, share the code?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Thu, May 28, 2020, 8:25 PM
    Janko, Low # of usage and ran out of funding. If someone wants to take it over I'd have to get approval from the REMC association that initially funded it's development.
  • Picture of Bandana Kankani
    Mon, Jun 1, 2020, 6:46 PM
    While we were trying to upload a image from moodle mobile app, we saw that the image gets uploaded as attachment and not as post.
    Is it possible to solve this?

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