Activities: OU blog

mod_oublog
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Alternative blog. Can be used as a course activity.
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Stuart Mealor
Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 2:38 PM
Usability
9/10
Accessibility
9/10
Technical
8/10
General comments
We were looking to use Moodle as a blogging platform for a specific project, and tested various configurations of the standard Moodle Blog, and this OU Blog plugin.  You can see the results of this implementation on our group blogging site: http://elearningblog.moodlebites.com The key factors that resulted in us settling on the OU Blog were: It's possible to allow any visitor to the site to leave a comment - just like a WordPress, Blogger, or similar site.  And the fact that Comments have t...
Usability
The OU Blog is really interesting in that it optionally allows all Participants to create a single blog - which gives the activity quite a different feel, and opens very different possibilities for how it can be used.
Accessibility
We have built our blogging environment around this OU Blog plugin, and the main thing to note is that you should turn off the standard Blog module in Moodle, because otherwise it's quite very confusing to users about where to add and read entries.
Technical
We haven't test this module with a large/busy site, quite the opposite, we only have around a dozen users of the site.  However, as the module is developed by the Open University, who have enormous Moodle sites in terms of users and traffic, it's a fair bet that it will work well under load! ;-)