Activities: OU blog

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Alternative blog. Can be used as a course activity.

OU blog 2.3 release version update

Release notes

OU blog

Copyright 2013 The Open University

This is an alternative blog that you can install into standard Moodle.

It does not replace the standard blog, and operates alongside it. There
are two modes of use:

1) As a course activity. In this case you can use it the same way as any
other module. You can have course-wide blogs (everyone in the course posts
to the same blog), group blogs, or individual blogs; the latter are
useful for assessed activities (where the student is supposed to keep
a journal which only they and their tutor can read).

2) As a replacement for standard Moodle personal blogs. In this case it would
be a good idea to turn off the standard Moodle blog system, or it'll be
very confusing. You then need to MANUALLY provide students with a link
to mod/oublog/view.php which will automatically take them to their
personal blog.

When using for personal blogs, one feature of interest may be moderated public
comments; when you allow comments from people who are not logged in, all such
comments are moderated.


This is the MOODLE_23_STABLE branch. This branch is configured to match the
latest stable branch at the Open University that uses Moodle 2.3. Once we stop
using Moodle 2.3, there will be no more fixes in this branch (but of course
anyone can fork the reposistory and make a fixed version).


We cannot offer direct support. Please do not contact me directly. If you
need assistance, try the blog forum on (Remember to make clear
that you are using OU blog and not the standard blog.)


None. Please feel free to contribute documentation in the relevant area of
the MoodleDocs wiki.

Bug reports:

Please report bugs using the GitHub 'Issues' tab (experimental). Before
reporting a bug, please try the latest version to verify that the problem
hasn't already been fixed. In each bug, please remember to give:

1. Exact steps to reproduce your problem, starting from creating a new wiki
with default or specified settings.
2. The ouwiki version you are using (from version.php or Modules admin screen).


Please note that this code is tested on OU systems but we rely on the
community for testing on other systems.


Moodle 2.3+
Postgres / MySQL


Place the contents of this source tree into your Moodle installation so that
within your Moodle root, this file is mod/oublog/README. Then visit the
Moodle notifications page to install.

If you want the blogs to be searchable, you also need to install the
local_ousearch plugin. (It is best to do this before using OU blog much,
otherwise it takes ages to install as it builds indexes for everything.)
When you install the ousearch plugin, a search box will automatically appear.
Moodle 2.3

Version information

Version build number
Version release name
2.3 release version update
Can be updated from
Not frequently updated - bugfixes from GitHub (see details) (2011032200), Initial 2.3 release version - Use GitHub for updates (2012102600)
Can be updated to
Not frequently updated - bugfixes from GitHub (see details) (2013043000)
MD5 Sum
Supported software
PHP 5.4, Moodle 2.3
  • This is the latest release for Moodle 2.3

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL
VCS branch

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Activities

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the module.
  3. Place the folder (eg "assignment") in the "mod" subdirectory.
  4. Visit to finish the installation