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 Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Fri, 18 Jan 2019, 4:59 AM
    Hi Senthil Prabu,

    As we mentioned before we have a released cycle which take almost 6 months, so yes we'll have a 3.6 version in the future.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Sergio Gómez
    Tue, 22 Jan 2019, 11:16 PM
    Hi Blackboard team,

    We have installed last version of Open Forums in Moodle version 3.4.6, However, when a teacher is trying to configure advanced method for grading in Grade Settings there is no option to select any Grading method. We want to use Rubric.

    Is it necessary to configure something else, that maybe we have missed?

    Please, I appreciate your help.
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Tue, 22 Jan 2019, 11:54 PM
    Hi Sergio Gomez,

    There is a configuration value that you need to set in order to see advanced grading methods for Open Forums.

    You need to set $CFG->mod_hsuforum_grading_interface, so when is set to "True", in the activity administration menu you will see a node called advanced grading.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Sergio Gómez
    Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 12:09 AM
    Thanks a lot
  • Picture of Mike Chiasson
    Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 2:29 AM
    Hi There. On the 3.6 version, we went through an "accidental" upgrade to 3.6 (long story) just recently, very much out-of-sync with your 3.6 update. And hsuforum hangs our moodle system. With a 6 month development time, is it June for the update to appear? If so, is there any way to explore out the data from the hsu tables into the Forum tables, so we can continue on? Thank you for your help. Mike
  • Picture of Sergio Gómez
    Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 6:00 AM
    Hi Blackboard team,
    Is it possible to have access to a download page to your "Open Grading" plugin? I am very interested on installing and testing it.
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 11:27 PM
    Hi Mike Chiasson,

    You can go through hsuforum tables and compare them with the ones from Moodle core forums, they are similar in structure. Maybe that is what your aim for with your question? If no please feel free to reach out again.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Wed, 23 Jan 2019, 11:41 PM
    Hi Sergio Gomez,

    Currently is not possible to download it from the plugin directory. Include that plugin in the Moodle directory is something that needs further evaluation from our team. Thanks for your interest in our products!.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of Paul Tannahill
    Sat, 26 Jan 2019, 2:41 AM
    Are students able to edit their own posts in an Open Forum, as they can in the regular Moodle Forum activity? I'm working on a support issue where students are not able to edit their posts. I
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Tue, 29 Jan 2019, 12:00 AM
    Hi Paul Tannahill,

    Yes, users are able to edit their own posts. However there is a time option which sets the maximum time to edit and you can find it in Site security settings.

    Please let us know if that works.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
  • Picture of K Kirkwood
    Mon, 4 Feb 2019, 6:48 AM
    New to forums, I'm a bit confused on this version vs Advanced Forum, MoodleRooms, Open Forum, and the regular Forum?

    I'm looking for a Forum type that is gradeable — I saw a MoodleRooms video, and it seemed to fit the bill, but not sure it still exists, or has become Open Forum, or...

    Advice? Just want students to share at least one resource and comment on another student's post, and respond to any student that comments on their post, and allows me to give them a completion grade and possibly a comment.
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Tue, 5 Feb 2019, 3:28 AM
    Hello K Kirkwood,

    MoodleRooms forum is now Open forum.
  • Picture of Hendrik Scheel
    Wed, 6 Feb 2019, 8:59 AM
    Hey there,

    I came across the Open Forum Plugin and I am wondering whether it also works for a Moodle 3.6. I suppose that it is not working having read the posts above, but I just would like to make sure I understood this correctly.

    Thank you for a quick feedback.
    Sincerely
    Henry
  • Picture of Hendrik Scheel
    Wed, 6 Feb 2019, 9:00 AM
    Hey there,

    I came across the Open Forum Plugin and I am wondering whether it also works for a Moodle 3.6. I suppose that it is not working having read the posts above, but I just would like to make sure I understood this correctly.

    Thank you for a quick feedback.
    Sincerely
    Henry
  • Picture of Blackboard Open LMS Development
    Wed, 13 Feb 2019, 4:44 AM
    Hi Hendrik Scheel,

    With our current version we ensure functionality with Moodle 3.5. We will be working later on to make it completely usable on 3.6.

    Thanks for your interest in our plugin.

    Best regards,

    Blackboard Open LMS Development Team
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