Activities: Dialogue

Maintained by Picture of Troy Williams Troy Williams
Dialogue between two users
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This module allows students or teachers to start two-way dialogues with another person. Although the official line is that this functionality has been replaced by the Messaging system, some users still find it useful as it will be an actual activity in your course.

Previous maintainers: Howard Miller and Ray Kingdon


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  • Picture of Mark McKay
    Thu, 26 Nov 2015, 2:32 AM
    Hi Troy. Thanks for maintaining this plugin. Do you anticipate it will be 3.0 compatible?
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Thu, 26 Nov 2015, 3:26 AM
    Hi Mark,

    I will try my best to check the modules 3.0 compatibility this coming weekend.

  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Sat, 12 Dec 2015, 11:40 AM
    @Mark 3.0 released.
  • Picture of Mark McKay
    Sat, 12 Dec 2015, 12:53 PM
    Thanks, Troy!
  • Picture of Jacob Bak
    Thu, 17 Dec 2015, 4:39 PM
    Hi in a future opdate me, my colleagues and our students would love it if the order of posts could be changed. We use this module alot and we have to scrool down to the latest post it would be great if a choice of order clould be implementet so the latest post was places at the top of the page Thanks in advance and thanks for a great tool Jacob Bak Denmark
  • Picture of Elisabeth Ashley
    Fri, 13 May 2016, 11:04 PM
    I would like to request a feature that should be fairly simple to implement. I want to have the option to add a new participant to an existing conversation, and I want the option to leave an existing conversation. If I leave a conversation, I want all my messages to remain visible in the conversation. I've discovered that the code already supports these features if I manually add, update, or remove a row in the dialogue_participants database table.
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Mon, 16 May 2016, 12:03 PM
    @ Elisabeth,
    Please create request at:
  • Lina
    Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 4:03 PM
    Hi Troy. Many thanks for providing this plugin to the community; its functionality is really appreciated by our staff and students, and we’re really grateful to you for your efforts to maintain and update it.

    On that note, please could I quickly query whether you have any plans to update the plugin to be fully compatible with Moodle v3.1, and its new Global Search feature in particular? To clarify: while we’ve tested the Dialogue plugin under v3.1 and all of the core functionality seems to work fine, we’ve found that instances of the activity are not searchable via v3.1’s Global Search feature. Please see the following screenshot for details, which lists all of the available areas that can searched under v3.1 (note that these settings are available via: Site Administration -> Plugins -> Search -> Manage Global Search):

    Note also that the above screenshot was taken on a v3.1 system where the Dialogue plugin is installed and available. However, as you can see, the Dialogue activity is not listed as being available to be searched. Obviously, this is likely to be a significant problem/cause of confusion for users who might want to search for specific instances of the Dialogue activity across Moodle.

    I’m not a developer, but my understanding is that mod plugins can be made searchable relatively easily via the addition of a new search class within the plugin’s codebase (located at ../classes/search/activity.php). Please see the following for further details:

    We really hope this search capability can be added to Dialogue as I’m sure it would be a huge benefit to our users (as well as those of other v3.1 systems) and, again, many thanks for all your efforts to develop this plugin and share it with the community.

    Best wishes,
  • Picture of Peter Diedrichs
    Thu, 1 Sep 2016, 9:15 PM
    This is a great plugin!
    It would be nice if the dialogue notifications also stated the course name, like the notifications from Moodle core features do.
  • Picture of Melissa Roughley
    Thu, 2 Feb 2017, 9:41 AM
    Great plug in, we've just upgraded to 3.2, will there be a version compatible soon? if so when?
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Thu, 2 Feb 2017, 1:56 PM
    Hi Melissa,

    I will test if compatible for 3.2 this weekend. There were a couple of cosmetic issues I found at first glance when installed on Moodle 3.2. Not really show stoppers. But I still need to check it functionally works in Moodle 3.2.


  • Picture of Kimmo Kiiskinen
    Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 8:30 PM
    Hi Troy

    is 3.3-version going to be released soon?
    In git it already reads "3.3.0-alpha" in version.php
  • Picture of Daniel P.
    Tue, 20 Mar 2018, 7:27 PM
    Hi Troy,

    I have Moodle 3.2.7 (Build: 20180115), and Dialogue plugin 3.2.0 (2016112100).
    I set up notification preferences to be "on" according to this link:
    But unfortunately the number next to bell icon does not appear on the recipient's site.

    How to repair this function?

  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Mon, 9 Apr 2018, 4:49 AM
    Hi Daniel,

    Have you enabled your dialogue notifications for web?

  • Picture of Daniel P.
    Tue, 17 Apr 2018, 11:44 PM
    Hi Troy,

    It is enabled.
    The notifications appear in the list when I click on the bell icon but the number does not, even when there is a new notification.

    Best regards,
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