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Activities: Dialogue

Maintained by Picture of Troy Williams Troy Williams
Dialogue between two users

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 Although the official line is that this functionality has been replaced by the Messaging system, some users still find it useful as it will be an actual activity in your course.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 Troy Williams
    Fri, Feb 21, 2014, 4:02 AM
    Hi Nathan,

    Yeah, I used bootstrap to rapidly develop the UI of dialogue, so anyone not running a bootstrap based theme going to run into problems. It is on my list to go through and clean up CSS for non bootstrap based themes.

    I can see problem is in mod/dialogue/less/bootstrap/utilities.less

    // Visibility
    .invisible {
    visibility: hidden;

    if you would like to contribute your fix go to and fork


    compile the css fix

    recess --compile --compact mod/dialogue/less/dialogue.less > mod/dialogue/styles.css


  • Just wondering . . .
    Mon, Feb 24, 2014, 4:36 AM
    We have had this problem as well. It was worse that we were using several different themes on the site and only some were affected. Now I know why.
    One of the guys doing a little coding for us discovered that examining the code with Firebug shows link to CSS where they shouldn't be. A bit of custom CSS seemed to help.

  • Just wondering . . .
    Fri, Apr 4, 2014, 5:39 AM
    CSS Problem solved I believe. See
    "Use a later version"

  • David
    Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 6:49 PM
    Hi Troy,

    are there any plans to update this for Moodle 2.7?

    Regards, David
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Mon, Jul 7, 2014, 5:49 AM
    Hi David,

    I am working on it at moment, there are a couple of new API's that I need to support so working moving legacy code. No date at this time, should be sooner rather than later though.


  • Picture of AL Rachels
    Sun, Jul 13, 2014, 7:24 AM
    Hi Troy,
    I know you are busy, but while resetting courses today for next month, I just noticed that deleting a conversation seems to cause the conversation to disappear from the view conversations tab, but then gets counted as Unread. I'm using the latest Dialogue and see this in both Moodle 2.6 and 2.7.
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Mon, Jul 14, 2014, 10:32 AM
    Hi AL,

    This is a bug, have created issue at:

    Thanks for reporting. Will get to it as soon as possible.

  • Picture of Christoph Ruda
    Fri, Nov 21, 2014, 7:42 PM
    Hi Troy,
    Have you got any plans to update the Dialogue module to be compatible with Moodle 2.8? Many thanks, Christoph
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Mon, Nov 24, 2014, 10:37 AM
    @Christoph, Yes, I will test against 2.8 and possible release next week.
  • Picture of Ashley Wilson
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014, 1:49 PM
    Hi Troy, there doesn't appear to paging support in the people picker. I have created an issue in the tracker:
  • Picture of Stasia Scani
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014, 1:56 AM
    Thank you, this is awesome plugin! But I can't see Legacy option in Settings. It's Moodle 2.8.1 stable. And, can I set the Dialogue so that students cannot write messages student-student, but only student-teacher and teacher-student?
  • Picture of Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Fri, May 15, 2015, 5:51 AM
    Excelent Plugin!!!
  • Picture of Jacob Bak
    Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 4:07 PM
    Thanks for at great plugin very usefull. In a future update i would love it if a sort order would become available so I get the latest posts first thanks
  • Picture of Mark McKay
    Thu, Nov 26, 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, Nov 26, 2015, 3:26 AM
    Hi Mark,

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

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