Activities: Dialogue

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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 Although the official line is that this functionality has been replaced by the Messaging system, some users still find it useful as it will be an actual activity in your course.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 Daniel P.
    Tue, Apr 17, 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, Aug 14, 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    So, as a request given that the plugin has been supposedly been replaced by messaging, do you think it would be possible to set some permissions layer in each instance of the activity itself.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, Aug 14, 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, Sep 6, 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, Sep 11, 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, Oct 10, 2018, 7:46 PM

    Is there any progress on the 3.4 and 3.5 versions?
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Thu, Nov 1, 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.


  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Tue, Feb 5, 2019, 10:25 PM
    Is it compatible with 3.6?
  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Tue, Feb 12, 2019, 1:26 PM
    Hi Dinis,

    I haven't tested under 3.6 yet, but it will have the same sorting issues as 3.5.

  • Picture of Peter Diedrichs
    Wed, Feb 27, 2019, 9:14 PM
    Eagerly waiting for the 3.6 version ;)
  • Picture of Brenda Simmons
    Fri, Mar 15, 2019, 9:14 AM
    Hi Troy!

    Are there any plans to include any searching functionality in the dialogue? We have users who have 100 students (and therefore 100 or more dialogues) and they're having trouble searching through the dialogues to find particular users, topics, or key words.

  • Picture of Troy Williams
    Thu, Mar 28, 2019, 8:34 AM
    Hey Brenda,

    There is a request to add global search support My main priority at the moment is moving front-end type code into templates etc and making sure it works in 3.5, 3.6. As sorting is broken due to older bootstrap CSS.

  • Picture of Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Thu, May 9, 2019, 4:20 AM
    Hi Troy

    Sorry to reiterate the question, when will it be compatible with Moodle 3.6?

    Best Regards, Miguel Angel
  • Picture of Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Fri, Sep 27, 2019, 6:28 AM
    Will we have update for moodle 3.6 an 3.7?, please do not forget this plugin, it is very useful for moodle.

    Best regards, Miguel Angel
  • Picture of Miguel Angel Velasquez Teran
    Thu, Oct 17, 2019, 8:47 PM
    Update for Moodle 3.6, 3.7? It's possible?
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