Activities: Open Forum

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Open forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a responsive, modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.
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Open forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.

Open forum reduce complexity and work like the modern messaging systems students use every day on the web and their mobile devices.

Unlike standard forums advanced forums are responsive, so users can read and post from their mobile or tablet. Advanced forums have been specifically designed to improve the usability and accessibility of Moodle forums. 

Posting and replying are all done via ajax to save page loads, take less clicks and increase engagement, while maintaining the user's context in a discussion thread.

Open forums contain a number of additional features including the ability to see who has engaged in a discussion before you open it, a setting to show recent forum posts on the course page, subscribing to individual threads, private replies and an option to allow anonymous posting, post bookmarking, along with all the features standard Moodle forums have.

Open forums are design by Blackboard in partnership with The University of Montana.


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  • Picture of Charles Havegheer
    Thu, Mar 14, 2019, 11:30 PM
    thank you smile
    I'll give you some feedback on your use.
  • Picture of Mikey Helmick
    Tue, Mar 26, 2019, 3:48 AM
    Hello everyone,

    I am currently using Moodle 3.6.3 (Build: 20190311) and open forum plugin version 3.5.2 (Build:2018080801). I have a forum where students can post questions about course material. In this forum, both the posts and replies are anonymous thanks to the anonymous posting option. I was wondering if there is a way for the teacher to see the students names instead of anonymous user or would I have to turn off anonymous posting to make this work?


    Mike Helmick
  • Picture of Michael Haskell
    Sat, Jun 1, 2019, 2:33 AM
    @Mikey Helmick and other Moodle 3.6 users. I am looking at upgrading from Moodle 3.4 to 3.6 however I see that there isn't an official Moodle 3.6 release for Open Forum (mod_hsuforum).

    If you're using hsu_forum and 3.6, have you run into any issues or open bugs that are causing issues with users?

    Is Open Forums ready for 3.6 in production?

  • Picture of Debbie Unterseher
    Thu, Jul 18, 2019, 5:04 AM
    Hsuforum and the flashcard module caused havoc with us updating to Moodle 3.6 from 3.5 because of the eventslib.php file that Moodle no longer has. If you go directly to the git repository for this module, and download it from there, it works fine. We had to remove the plugin folder for both of these modules first to get it working and not displaying the HTTP 500 error.
  • Picture of Sarah Blewett
    Wed, Aug 7, 2019, 9:43 PM
    Has anyone tried to install this on Moodle 3.7? And if so, what happened?
  • Picture of Stephanie Smith
    Mon, Sep 16, 2019, 5:40 PM
    Hello! Is there a 3.7 compliant version in the works? If so, when might it be ready? Thanks!
  • Picture of Rakesh Chandrakar
    Fri, Sep 20, 2019, 9:02 PM
    Hello, I am using Open Forum plugins in moodle 3.7.1 its working very well, I have a small requirement in this plugin, is there any collapsible option for parent post or reply. if yes then kindly guide us so that we can implement it.
  • Picture of Paul Vincent
    Thu, Nov 7, 2019, 12:27 AM
    Hi, I'm using Open Forum 3.6.3 in Moodle 3.6, and although it's working fine in Moodle, no notifications get sent for new Open Forum posts. Standard Forum posts are working fine. I've checked the subscription settings and all looks correct, the schedule is setup, but no email notifications. Anyone else come across this, is there an extra setting somewhere for Open Forum?

    Many thanks
  • Picture of Jose Maria Barroso
    Fri, Jan 31, 2020, 3:47 AM
    Hi everyone,

    someboy knows if Open Forum is compatible with Moodle 3.8?

    Looks awesome the plugin, congrats.

  • Picture of Thijs Himpe
    Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 6:42 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Is the open forum compatible with the Moodle mobile app?

  • Picture of Rakesh Chandrakar
    Thu, Feb 27, 2020, 9:14 PM
    Hello, I am getting this error "Exception - Call to undefined method HTML_QuickForm_Error::getName()" while create new forum. on moodle 3.8.1+,

    I found a temporary solution (mod/hsuforum/mod_form.php) commented given lines:
    //$scale = $mform->insertElementBefore($mform->removeElement('scale'), 'grade');
    than its working fine but Rating not working
  • Picture of Jean-Yves ORLANDO
    Mon, Mar 2, 2020, 5:09 AM
    I use Open Forum on moodle in version 3.6. We have a problem.
    When students add a discussion, it works. The other students can answer it.
    When a teacher adds a discussion, students cannot respond to it.
    Do you know this problem?
  • Picture of Rakesh Chandrakar
    Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 4:13 PM
    Hello Jean Yves,

    You need to allow under: Site administration > Users Permissions > Define roles

    Editing role 'Authenticated user' than find "mod/hsuforum:reply"

    Reply to posts (tick on allow and save it)
  • Picture of Nick Coules
    Wed, Apr 1, 2020, 11:47 PM
    Hi, I am trying to use this on Moodle 3.8 but keep getting this error when i try to add OpenForum to a course.

    Exception - Call to undefined method HTML_QuickForm_Error::getName()

    Many thanks

  • Picture of Simon Davies
    Wed, May 20, 2020, 9:01 PM
    Hi guys - this is by far the most helpful forum plugin I have come across for facilitating reading/posting/commenting - well done! Just wondering when it might be available for 3.8 installations - or are you working on a version for 3.9?
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