Open Forum

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Open forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a responsive, modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.
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Current versions available: 22

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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  • Paul Szymkowiak
    Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 11:27 PM
    Hello Developers,

    Like Meir Kirshner on Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 9:55 PM and before them Thijs Himpe on Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 6:42 PM, I'd also like to know:

    | Is the open forum compatible with the Moodle mobile app?

    I am currently using the Moodle Mobile App 1.0.1 and Open Forum (hsuforum), and I get the message:

    "Uh oh!
    Your organisation installed a plugin that is not yet supported.

    Contact the site administrator and tell them you want to use this activity with the Moodle Mobile app. [etc]"

    How do I go about getting Open Forums working on the Mobile App?

    Thanks! Paul
  • Open LMS Logo
    Wed, Aug 11, 2021, 9:23 PM
    Hi Paul, we haven't added the functionality around using Open forums in the mobile app yet. We will evaluate adding it per your request.
  • Ridhima Suri
    Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 7:42 AM
    Hello developers, Will this plugin we available for Moodle 4.0 version as well?
  • Open LMS Logo
    Sat, Nov 27, 2021, 2:19 AM
    Hi Ridhima, this plugin will be available for Moodle 4.0, however, no more features will be added during the next releases.
  • Graham Sandersfield
    Wed, Feb 2, 2022, 9:04 PM
    I have a problem with the plugin just installed. version 3.10.3 2021060100 - I get the error message on Submit - "There was an error with your submission: The message is required" even if there is a message in there. This does not happen when I am in advanced editor - here I can Post to Forum successfully.
  • Graham Sandersfield
    Fri, Feb 4, 2022, 5:54 PM
    Further to recent comment - this seems to be a browser issue - I am using Opera but the Forum works well on Chrome, Safari and Edge.
  • Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Fri, Apr 22, 2022, 11:37 PM
    I have the same problem reported by Graham Sandersfield using firefox, any solution?
  • Ana Ka
    Thu, Sep 8, 2022, 9:36 PM
    hi..Thank You all
  • denisse janeth rodriguez
    Fri, Nov 18, 2022, 11:58 PM
    el Tema Snap para versión de Moodle 4.0 cuando estará disponible
  • Doug E. Wray
    Sat, Nov 19, 2022, 6:41 AM
    Replying to replies does not seem to work in Moodle 4 ff.
  • Matthew Blabey
    Fri, Feb 10, 2023, 4:21 PM
    Hi, is there going to be a version for Moodle 4.1 soon?
  • Joel Dapiawen
    Tue, Jun 6, 2023, 11:58 PM
    Hi, does this plugin support turnitin
  • Annika Friese
    Thu, Jul 6, 2023, 9:51 PM
    doesn't work on 4.2!
  • Mikael Kurula
    Thu, Jan 25, 2024, 5:19 AM
    Hi, and thanks for the awesome forum!

    The plugin seems to work fine for me on Moodle 4.1.8 (Build: 20231222), apart from the fact that I do not get any e-mail notifications sent out, even if I am subscribed to the forum. (I have turned off digests, because as the teacher in high-paced course, I prefer to be e-mailed right away if somebody posts something.)

    Am I just missing something, or is this a bug? Can anybody help me to get this fixed? I have tried both googling and searching the issues for this git repository, but I have not found any clues.

    Thank you for any help!
  • Mikael Kurula
    Thu, Feb 1, 2024, 4:41 AM
    I partly fixed the notification problem now: Now I get daily digests, but still no instant notifications on new posts.

    The details are here, and hopefully a full solution will eventually be posted here:
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