Activities: Open Forum

mod_hsuforum
Maintained by Picture of Blackboard Open LMS DevelopmentBlackboard Open LMS Development, Picture of Sean FlanaganSean Flanagan, Picture of Stuart LamourStuart Lamour, Picture of Guy ThomasGuy Thomas
Open forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a responsive, modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.
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Open forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.

Open forum reduce complexity and work like the modern messaging systems students use every day on the web and their mobile devices.

Unlike standard forums advanced forums are responsive, so users can read and post from their mobile or tablet. Advanced forums have been specifically designed to improve the usability and accessibility of Moodle forums. 

Posting and replying are all done via ajax to save page loads, take less clicks and increase engagement, while maintaining the user's context in a discussion thread.

Open forums contain a number of additional features including the ability to see who has engaged in a discussion before you open it, a setting to show recent forum posts on the course page, subscribing to individual threads, private replies and an option to allow anonymous posting, post bookmarking, along with all the features standard Moodle forums have.


Open forums are design by Blackboard in partnership with The University of Montana.

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  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Tue, Jan 29, 2019, 12:00 AM
    Hi Paul Tannahill,

    Yes, users are able to edit their own posts. However there is a time option which sets the maximum time to edit and you can find it in Site security settings.

    Please let us know if that works.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of K Kirkwood
    Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 6:48 AM
    New to forums, I'm a bit confused on this version vs Advanced Forum, MoodleRooms, Open Forum, and the regular Forum?

    I'm looking for a Forum type that is gradeable — I saw a MoodleRooms video, and it seemed to fit the bill, but not sure it still exists, or has become Open Forum, or...

    Advice? Just want students to share at least one resource and comment on another student's post, and respond to any student that comments on their post, and allows me to give them a completion grade and possibly a comment.
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 3:28 AM
    Hello K Kirkwood,

    MoodleRooms forum is now Open forum.
  • Picture of Hendrik Scheel
    Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 8:59 AM
    Hey there,

    I came across the Open Forum Plugin and I am wondering whether it also works for a Moodle 3.6. I suppose that it is not working having read the posts above, but I just would like to make sure I understood this correctly.

    Thank you for a quick feedback.
    Sincerely
    Henry
  • Picture of Hendrik Scheel
    Wed, Feb 6, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Hey there,

    I came across the Open Forum Plugin and I am wondering whether it also works for a Moodle 3.6. I suppose that it is not working having read the posts above, but I just would like to make sure I understood this correctly.

    Thank you for a quick feedback.
    Sincerely
    Henry
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 4:44 AM
    Hi Hendrik Scheel,

    With our current version we ensure functionality with Moodle 3.5. We will be working later on to make it completely usable on 3.6.

    Thanks for your interest in our plugin.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Charles Havegheer
    Tue, Feb 26, 2019, 7:11 PM
    Do you have a date? Because the plugin is incompatible with version 3.6 (you can't update to version 3.6 if you use this plugin, except by uninstalling it).
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Fri, Mar 1, 2019, 12:31 AM
    Hi Charles Havegheer,

    We don't have an exact date. It will probably be at the end of July.

    Thanks for your interest in our plugin.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Carl Thelen
    Sat, Mar 2, 2019, 5:48 AM
    I have a question or feature request. One of our departments recently switched from Open Forum to the regular forum activity. Part of the reason is that in the open forum, the subject line is small, italic, and dimmed. That subject line is critical to learners for understanding the context of the conversation. So, for them, the subject line is more important than the poster's picture. Is there a clever way to make the subject line display bigger and/or bolder? Cheers!
  • Picture of Charles Havegheer
    Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 10:59 PM
    Do you have a beta version for version 3.6, before the official release?
    Because we had to migrate to 3.6, but we had Open Forums in version 3.5 which are no longer accessible.
    Thank you very much.
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 11:20 PM
    Hi Carl Thelen,

    Thanks for your suggestion, we'll make sure our team knows about it. In the meantime, you could add custom CSS to your site and target that specific page.
    Hope this helps.

    Thanks for your interest in our plugin.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 11:26 PM
    Hi Charles Havegheer,

    3.6 version stills in development. We can't assure complete functionality for your site. If you want to give it a try, our Github repository has the latest changes (in the master branch). Feel free to take a look.

    https://github.com/blackboard-open-source/moodle-mod_hsuforum

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Charles Havegheer
    Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 11:30 PM
    thank you smile
    I'll give you some feedback on your use.
  • Picture of Mikey Helmick
    Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 3:48 AM
    Hello everyone,

    I am currently using Moodle 3.6.3 (Build: 20190311) and open forum plugin version 3.5.2 (Build:2018080801). I have a forum where students can post questions about course material. In this forum, both the posts and replies are anonymous thanks to the anonymous posting option. I was wondering if there is a way for the teacher to see the students names instead of anonymous user or would I have to turn off anonymous posting to make this work?

    Best,

    Mike Helmick
  • Picture of Michael Haskell
    Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 2:33 AM
    @Mikey Helmick and other Moodle 3.6 users. I am looking at upgrading from Moodle 3.4 to 3.6 however I see that there isn't an official Moodle 3.6 release for Open Forum (mod_hsuforum).

    https://github.com/blackboard-open-source/moodle-mod_hsuforum/pull/14

    If you're using hsu_forum and 3.6, have you run into any issues or open bugs that are causing issues with users?

    Is Open Forums ready for 3.6 in production?

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