Course formats: Socialwall Format

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Maintained by Picture of Chris Kenniburg Chris Kenniburg, Picture of Bryan Smith Bryan Smith, Picture of Andreas Wagner Andreas Wagner
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 http://remc.org for supporting and funding this project.

Special thanks to Moodle Partner Synergy Learning http://www.synergy-learning.com 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)

Optional:

  • 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).

Sets

This plugin is part of set Socialwall course format.

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Chris Kenniburg (Lead maintainer)
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  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 19 Jul 2017, 1:00 AM
    We do not have any more funding. We might have one of our programmers take another look but we paid a Moodle partner for original development.
  • Picture of S. kavita
    Wed, 23 Aug 2017, 2:09 PM
    Hi Chris,

    When can we expect this will be available for Moodle 3.3? I am dyning to use it but its not working in Moodle 3.3. Please update it for Moodle 3.3 as well
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 23 Aug 2017, 7:14 PM
    It won't be anytime soon. The funding is gone and so the only way this would get updated is if someone wanted to help and make it work for Moodle 3.2 and 3.3
  • Picture of Luigi Cancilla
    Thu, 31 Aug 2017, 6:51 PM
    non riesco a farlo funzionare, quando seleziono come formato "socialwall format" mi da un messaggio di errore
    Eccezione - Call to undefined method HTML_QuickForm_Error::getName()
    uso moodle 3.3 . potete aiutarmi?
  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 3:54 AM
    Hi...

    I published a proposed actualization for Moodle 3.1 and 3.2 compatibility, in:
    https://github.com/synergylearning/moodle-format_socialwall/pull/21

    Saludos
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 5:21 AM
    Hello David, I'm out of the office this week but I will for sure take a look at this when I get back. Will the 3.2 version work with Moodle 3.3 as well?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 1 Nov 2017, 4:03 AM
    David,
    I tried out your code today and it worked for Moodle 3.2. For 3.3 I had to change pix_url to image_url and then there are some CSS styling things to fix. I do not have publish access to the github. Synergy Learning does. Thank you for fixing the issues to make it compatible.
  • Picture of Naaman Fallouh
    Tue, 14 Nov 2017, 4:04 PM
    Hi,
    I'm trying the plugin (3.0) on Moodle 3.3.2+ (Build: 20171103), but when creating new course and choosing it from the list a while page with the following error appears:

    QuickForm Error: element already exists Element 'numsections' already exists in HTML_QuickForm::addElement() Backtrace :

    Array
    (
    [0] => Array
    (
    [file] => /var/www/moodlesocial/lib/pear/HTML/QuickForm.php
    [line] => 2001
    [function] => __construct
    [class] => PEAR_Error
    [type] => -> [args] => Array
    (
    [0] => element already exists
    [1] => -6
    [2] => 16
    [3] => pear_handle_error
    [4] => Element 'numsections' already exists in HTML_QuickForm::addElement()
    )

    )
    [1] => Array
    (
    [file] => /var/www/moodlesocial/lib/pear/PEAR.php
    [line] => 543
    [function] => __construct
    [class] => HTML_QuickForm_Error
    [object] => HTML_QuickForm_Error Object
    (
    .
    .
    .
    .

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method HTML_QuickForm_Error::getName() in /var/www/moodlesocial/course/edit_form.php on line 373

    Is it a compatibility issue? it's working on Moodle 3.2.4+ !!!

    best regards,
  • Picture of dimitrisag .
    Fri, 23 Mar 2018, 7:19 PM
    Hello guys! Will be any upgrade to Moodle 3.4.2???
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, 23 Mar 2018, 8:18 PM
    Dimitrisag,
    We just released a Moodle 3.3 version based on the work of a community member here to fix some outstanding issues. As of today, there is a Moodle 3.3 version. I haven't tested it on Moodle 3.4 yet.
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, 23 Mar 2018, 8:25 PM
    Dimitrisag, Initial testing didn't return any errors on Moodle 3.4 . I would guess it most likely works.
  • Picture of antonio doza
    Wed, 4 Apr 2018, 9:46 AM
    Hello.
    If I've Snap theme, doesn't appear the box for comments. How can I fix it?
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Wed, 4 Apr 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, 22 Oct 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, 22 Oct 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.
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