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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 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.
  • Picture of phuong hoang
    Sat, Jul 4, 2015, 11:04 AM
    I'm very happy when hearing that we have advanced forums with a lot of new features. Thanks for your contribution. However, I think advanced forums lack several necessary features in Text editor such as; embed google docs, slideshare, swf, flash etc. Forum users need these features to share a wide variety of materials. Why don't we integrate them directly into advanced forums instead of installing many troublesome plugins.
  • Laura F
    Fri, Jul 10, 2015, 4:24 AM
    I agree with Phuong -- embedding videos and images is an essential part of the standard forum. Many of our instructors want to switch to the advanced forum for the added functionality of private replies and anonymous posting. However, many are hesitant to switch because of this lack of functionality.

    Not sure if others are experiencing a similar issue, but another challenge is that the Advanced Editor is not loaded by default when composing a forum post (Moodle using ATTO editor). We would really appreciate having the advanced editor as the default.

    Thank you!
  • Picture of phuong hoang
    Thu, Jul 23, 2015, 10:15 AM
    Hi Laura,
    Thanks for having the same idea with me. I'm very surprised and don't believe that moodle forums lack "VIEWS" column; Discussion - Started by - Replies - (VIEWS???) - Last post while other open sources do. When I browse threads in forums, I often stop and read the threads with a lot of VIEWS or REPLIES - HOT threads. How can I know my students and colleagues read a certain thread? Don't ask me to have a look at LOGS!!! Very inconvenience! plz, make moodle forums look like any other forums and more functional!!!
  • Picture of Cedric Scruggs
    Mon, Aug 24, 2015, 9:12 AM
    So this is how you post on moodle ok.

    Cedric
  • Picture of Cedric Scruggs
    Mon, Aug 24, 2015, 9:13 AM
    Anyone who knows how to find someone forum please help me. I am looking for Pat Tate forum.

    Cedric
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