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 Although the official line is that this functionality has been replaced by the Messaging system, some users still find it useful as it will be an actual activity in your course.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 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,
  • Picture of Bob Gilmore
    Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 4:54 AM
    Hi all,

    I know that this plugin was intended as a two way discussion and has supposedly been replaced, but it /almost/ serves a purpose that no other activity does. It's extremely useful as a learning journal, as long as you give the view all privilege to teachers. It:

    * Allows for discreet posts, instead of one huge post as the journal plugin does
    * Supports attachments which messaging and the journal plugin does not do
    * Allows for posts to be hidden from students, while letting teachers (or which ever role is given view all) which neither the forum or blog module does

    So, as a request given that the plugin has been supposedly been replaced by messaging, do you think it would be possible to set some permissions layer in each instance of the activity itself. For example, set a dialogue to be 1:1, 1:m (e.g, one student and all teachers), maybe even go the whole hog and have a public setting.


    Bob Gilmore
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Tue, 14 Aug 2018, 3:21 PM
    Hi Bob,

    Unsure if this is exactly what you require but you may be able to somewhat pseudo achieve this by overriding role capabilities per dialogue instance for “one student and all teachers” and using a bulk opener rule.

    Override capability “mod/dialogue:open” to allow teacher role and prevent student role.
    Override capability “mod/dialogue:replyany” to allow teacher role and prevent student role.
    Create bulk opener rule that opens a new dialogue with each enrolled student.

    This should allow "teacher to student" dialogue that any teacher can reply to.

    Let me know if this works or not?


  • Picture of Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Thu, 6 Sep 2018, 4:32 AM
    Hi, will they update to version 3.4 and 3.5 of moodle? When?

    Best Regards, Miguel Angel.
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 3:35 PM
    Hi Miguel Angel,

    It will be in 2 weeks time. I will test the plugin for 3.4 and 3.5. I have started working on a plan for a refactor but other commitments had pushed to the side. This is to take advantage of global search, templates, bootstrap 4 support, clean up recipient picker. I will post to the community once get it in a reasonable state. But for now, I will make it my priority to make sure current code works in 3.4 and 3.5.

    Thanks for your patience wink

    Kind regards,

  • Picture of Kimmo Kiiskinen
    Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 7:46 PM

    Is there any progress on the 3.4 and 3.5 versions?
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Thu, 1 Nov 2018, 3:41 PM
    Hi Kimmo,

    3.4 has been released. There is an issue in 3.5 with sorting conversation listing due to Bootstrap 4. All the other functionality works... just sorting is broken. I am currently investigating a fix which involves using traditional HTML select over Bootstrap 3 component which has been used.


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