Activities ::: mod_board
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The Board module for Moodle is a plugin that enables a post-it board activity for students. This is a collaborative activity where the teachers sets out a number of columns with optional names and then students add contributions to a column. Students do not see who has posted what.
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This Plugin has been developed and is maintained by Brickfield Education Labs.
The Board module for Moodle is a plugin that enables a post-it board activity for students.
This is a collaborative activity where the teachers sets out a number of columns with
optional names and then students add contributions to a column. Students do not see who has
posted what.

On the Board, Students can:
  • Add a new post with some of the following:
    • A heading.
    • Some text.
    • Add A link.
    • Upload an image.
    • Embed a Youtube video.
  • Edit or Delete one of their posts.
They can also do the following depending on the settings of the teacher:
  • Move their notes among columns.
  • Star someone elses post.

The teacher can set up the activity with the following options:
  • A closing date for submissions.
  • How the posts are ordered in a column, by date or star count.
  • Whether posts can be starred - by students, teachers, or neither.
On the board a teacher can:
  • Move any of the posts from one column to another.
  • Download a copy of the board contents.
  • Download a spreadsheet of submissions of the students.


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  • Wed, Oct 6, 2021, 2:33 AM
    The description and images make clear that students cannot see who has posted, but can the instructor see who has made which posts?
  • Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 11:40 PM
    Hi Jason, The downloadable reports - the teacher can see who posted what.
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    Tue, Oct 12, 2021, 6:27 PM
    Hi Kathleen, we have commented further on your reported issue with the Visible group setting on our github issues page here -
  • BHASVIC Downs and sea pattern orange
    Mon, Oct 25, 2021, 6:27 PM
    Hi Gavin. This is a great plugin and I'd love to promote it to the teachers and tutors where I work. Just letting you know that I get an error when using groups, both Visible and Separate, in that 'A course grouping must be selected for this group mode' error appears in red on the settings screen below the Groupings box. I can get round this by choosing No groups and then clicking the groups icon on the course page beside the edit menu to change to the mode that I want. I have plugin 1.39.06 (Build 2021101501) on my Test Moodle, Moodle 3.11.3+ (Build: 20210924). Thanks for your great work at Brickfield!
  • Mon, Oct 25, 2021, 9:30 PM
    Hi Julia. Thanks for the report, and the workaround. I have confirmed what you are seeing. Our developers will look into this.
  • BHASVIC Downs and sea pattern orange
    Tue, Oct 26, 2021, 8:57 PM
    Thank you Mike smile
  • Sun, Nov 7, 2021, 11:41 PM
    Hello, thank you very much for this great plugin!

    However, there seems to be an issue when importing board activities into another course: The column headers will be imported, all the contents of the columns unfortunately seem to get deleted.
    Thanks a lot!
  • Wed, Nov 10, 2021, 12:24 PM
    Hi Florian,

    As this is student data -the posts only go when students move with it and user has the right to do backups with data.

    Using my admin account which can do backups with student data i just did a course backup with the enrolled students and the board posts came with it when restored into a new course.

    Import - just pulls settings.

    Hope that clarifies it!


  • Sun, Nov 14, 2021, 4:13 PM
    It would be lovely to have an option to show the names of the students who posted
  • Tue, Nov 16, 2021, 6:11 AM
    Hi Theo,

    Just like if you were doing a classroom activity with Postit notes - and people don't sign them usually, this was designed to give a student to student anonymous usage by default. No core activity of Moodle has this anonymous contribution aspect.

    Tteachers can see via the reports to help see who did what and help monitor in case of bad behaviour - however the lack of student names was intentional.

  • Mon, Nov 22, 2021, 5:48 PM
    Hi I love this plugin but I have a problem with it. We use version 3.10.4 of moodle and when creating a post on a board it does not save the text, the title, an image, a video are recorded and perfectly seen but not the body of the text that we enter, it does not matter to do it as a pre-teacher than as a student. Any suggestion?
  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021, 5:34 AM
    HI Vicente,

    I just did a fresh install of Moodle 3.10.x (8) and the current mod_board in the plugin db above and added a post with a title, some content, an image and description. All correctly saved.

    So not sure what is up with your install - 3.10.4 or 3.10.8 should not make any difference.

    Perhaps there is a conflict with something else?

  • Tue, Nov 23, 2021, 4:47 PM
    Thank you very much for the answer, I will check for any errors or we will wait for the update to a higher moodle. I think it's a fantastic plugin and we want to continue using it. Greetings
  • Wed, Nov 24, 2021, 12:45 AM
    Double check you have the latest plugin code, and also try it working with the theme disabled (if its a custom theme) - however could be something else interfering.
  • Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 7:25 PM
    Hello, we have solved the problem by investigating the error and modifying some parameter in the plugin.
    It did not save the content field in the database and we have seen that the board_add_note function of classes / board truncated the content field to the maximum size but took as size 0 and not 250, which is its configuration value. Assigning a value to the post_max_length field already saves it perfectly.
    I report it to you in case someone has the same problem with version 3.10.4.
    Now it works perfectly and we are very happy with the plugin. thanks and greetings
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