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Activities: Advanced Forum

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Maintained by Picture of Chris Follin Chris Follin, Picture of Kris Stokking Kris Stokking
Moodlerooms is proud to release Advanced Forums, which enhances Moodle Forums by providing teachers and students with quick, simple views into the forums and their discussions. Allowing users to sort and search discussions easily and in multiple layouts is key to Advanced Forums increased usability. Read tracking is a feature in Advanced forums that highlights unread posts, making it even easier to manage a forum. This saves the student time in viewing and responding to posts, and saves the teacher time in finding the posts that are most relevant to the class. Teachers are empowered to create anonymous interactions with students, and can grade students through the Moodle gradebook.
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  • Picture of Tim Bahula
    Fri, Aug 15, 2014, 9:51 PM
    @Kris - Thanks for clarifying. But that's not how the plugin is marketed. The plugin description should be clear that Advanced Grading Methods are not currently supported.
  • Picture of Nathan Robert
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 10:00 AM
    I think the Discussion displays should be Settings and not an active option that any user can select themself.
    Same with how the replies are displayed too. Though mostly just the Discussion display, that's much more important.

    Also the text that says "# discussions" is unnecessary in pretty much all forums.
    Also just wondering in what situation the Tree discussion disaplay would be suited for?
  • Picture of Nathan Robert
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014, 12:13 PM
    How do I hide the Forum administration options from students/users?
    Or at least prevent students from "Export"ing the forum.
    Thanks~
  • Picture of Kris Stokking
    Mon, Oct 27, 2014, 10:52 PM
    Hi Nathan - In a future version of Advanced Forums, we will be consolidating the different views into a single one based off of the Accessible view, which should simplify the use cases in your first comment. You can control the ability to export a discussion by configuring the relevant capability, specifically mod/hsuforum:exportdiscussion.
  • Picture of Nathan Robert
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014, 8:58 AM
    The different views should be an option in the Appearance settings.
    So that I could have one forum that is always in the Nested view, and another that is always in Accessible view.

    Customisability is key to a good plugin, as rarely does everyone want to achieve the exact same thing.
  • Picture of Fritz Richter
    Wed, Nov 12, 2014, 10:28 PM
    (When) Will there be updates for 2.7 or 2.8?
  • Picture of Zach LeDoux
    Fri, Dec 19, 2014, 3:11 AM
    Hey Kris, I was wondering if you are planning to upgrade this Advanced Forum plugin? We are using version 2.7.3 of Moodle and it obviously does not work. Do you have a timeframe for when that might happen? Alternatively, I would be happy to upgrade this myself or collaborate with you. Are there any specifics you could share about potential pitfalls for making this work with 2.7.3? Thanks, Zach
  • Picture of Kris Stokking
    Wed, Dec 24, 2014, 12:00 AM
    The new version of Advanced Forums for Moodle 2.7.3 will be made available in January. The updates include some major improvements, particularly for screenreader usability:

    * Optimized user experience with a single, modern, intuitive, and accessible forum view for all users that replaces the four previous view options.
    * Improved accessibility for users with screen readers.
    * Increased responsiveness and ease of use on mobile/tablet devices.
    * Improved user engagement and interaction as an assessment activity, a p2p and tutor communication tool, and a blog/information distribution tool.
  • Picture of Nathan Robert
    Tue, Jan 6, 2015, 8:25 AM
    Hi Kris, do you know of any way to move Discussions from a regular Moodle Forum to an Advanced Forum?
  • Picture of Kris Stokking
    Wed, Jan 7, 2015, 12:43 AM
    @Nathan - There's not a straightforward way to do it, it would need to be developed. We are considering adding this feature to a future roadmap, but would be happy to review any community contributions.
  • Picture of Kris Stokking
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015, 7:13 AM
    A new version of this plugin for Moodle 2.7 has been uploaded to the plugins repository. The new version is a major re-design of Advanced Forums that is focused on accessibility and a simplified interface. The updates include some major improvements, particularly for screenreader usability:

    * Optimized user experience with a single, modern, intuitive, and accessible forum view for all users that replaces the four previous view options.
    * Improved accessibility for users with screen readers.
    * Increased responsiveness and ease of use on mobile/tablet devices.
    * Improved user engagement and interaction as an assessment activity, a p2p and tutor communication tool, and a blog/information distribution tool.

    There is a known issue with simple, single forums where the description is listed twice. We are actively working towards a resolution that should be available in an updated version available in early February. If you experience a problem please ensure that you submit any issues to tracker.moodle.org.
  • Kim
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015, 2:55 AM
    We have been using Advanced forums for quite some time. With our recent upgrade to 2.7 the functionality of moving to the next or previous post is no longer available. This was a key functionality of this forum type!! Can this be fixed?
  • Picture of Kris Stokking
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015, 5:37 AM
    @Kim - yes it can! We'll add it to the upcoming version that should be available in early February.
  • Picture of Forrest Doddington
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 12:41 AM
    I installed the Advanced Forums module in a new Moodle 2.7 environment. I have tested with both the "Clean" and "More" themes. When I click the "Add a new discussion" button, nothing happens. I know that with this version, an inline form is supposed to appear below that button when it is clicked. In this fairly stock Moodle 2.7 environment, I can't get it to work.

    Some questions:
    * Is there a module dependency that I'm missing?
    * Are there module conflicts that I should be aware of?
    * Do the core themes (Clean and More) need to be hacked to enable the dynamically revealed "new discussion" forum to appear on screen?

    Any ideas on how to resolve this problem are appreciated!
  • Picture of Forrest Doddington
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 10:26 PM
    @Kris - I saw your note above about reporting problems to tracker.moodle.org. I have added the problem I'm experiencing with the "Add a new discussion" button to the tracker system.
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