Activities: 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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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 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.

    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?


    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).

    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?

  • Picture of Debbie Unterseher
    Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 5:04 AM
    Hsuforum and the flashcard module caused havoc with us updating to Moodle 3.6 from 3.5 because of the eventslib.php file that Moodle no longer has. If you go directly to the git repository for this module, and download it from there, it works fine. We had to remove the plugin folder for both of these modules first to get it working and not displaying the HTTP 500 error.
  • Picture of Sarah Blewett
    Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 9:43 PM
    Has anyone tried to install this on Moodle 3.7? And if so, what happened?
  • Picture of Stephanie Smith
    Mon, Sep 16, 2019, 5:40 PM
    Hello! Is there a 3.7 compliant version in the works? If so, when might it be ready? Thanks!
  • Picture of Rakesh Chandrakar
    Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 9:02 PM
    Hello, I am using Open Forum plugins in moodle 3.7.1 its working very well, I have a small requirement in this plugin, is there any collapsible option for parent post or reply. if yes then kindly guide us so that we can implement it.
  • Picture of Paul Vincent
    Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 12:27 AM
    Hi, I'm using Open Forum 3.6.3 in Moodle 3.6, and although it's working fine in Moodle, no notifications get sent for new Open Forum posts. Standard Forum posts are working fine. I've checked the subscription settings and all looks correct, the schedule is setup, but no email notifications. Anyone else come across this, is there an extra setting somewhere for Open Forum?

    Many thanks
  • Picture of Jose Maria Barroso
    Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 3:47 AM
    Hi everyone,

    someboy knows if Open Forum is compatible with Moodle 3.8?

    Looks awesome the plugin, congrats.

  • Picture of Thijs Himpe
    Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 6:42 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Is the open forum compatible with the Moodle mobile app?

  • Picture of Rakesh Chandrakar
    Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 9:14 PM
    Hello, I am getting this error "Exception - Call to undefined method HTML_QuickForm_Error::getName()" while create new forum. on moodle 3.8.1+,

    I found a temporary solution (mod/hsuforum/mod_form.php) commented given lines:
    //$scale = $mform->insertElementBefore($mform->removeElement('scale'), 'grade');
    than its working fine but Rating not working
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