Socialwall Format

Course formats ::: format_socialwall
Maintained by Chris Kenniburg, Bryan Smith, 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.
Latest release:
311 sites
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Current versions available: 2

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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  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mahmoud Taher
    Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 1:47 AM
    Also this alert message appear when I scroll down the page to the previous posts
  • 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?
  • mrcasix _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"
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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?

  • Aldrin Magno
    Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 8:17 AM
    Hello Chris Kenniburg,

    It is such a shame that this plugin is not being maintained anymore. Is it alright if my team would pick it up continue to update it, so it would stay compatible with the current version of Moodle?


  • Chris Kenniburg
    Mon, Jun 15, 2020, 11:47 PM
    You can take the socialwall code and make it your own. Feel free to update it and re-publish it here under a new name. We had hoped the initial bones of the plugin could be used by the community to take it into new directions and achieve better integrations. This was funded through a large organization and I am not in charge of that and it might take a really long time to get an answer now due to covid.
  • Iroshini Ratnapala
    Thu, Jul 16, 2020, 1:34 PM
    Can this plugin be used for Moodle 3.8 version? Anyone has used it for Moodle 3.8 site?
  • Michelle Jay
    Wed, Jul 22, 2020, 3:46 AM
    Hello - we are very excited to use your Social Wall format on our Moodle site. I noticed that the Atto text editor is enabled for posts. Is it possible to enable the Atto text editor for comments as well? We use Poodll for language learning and have many posts where we would like students to leave video comments. Thank you!
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