Activities: Advanced Forum

Maintained by Picture of Moodlerooms Development Moodlerooms Development, Picture of Sean Flanagan Sean Flanagan, Picture of Stuart Lamour Stuart Lamour, Picture of David Scotson David Scotson, Picture of Guy Thomas Guy Thomas
Advanced forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a responsive, modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.
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Advanced forum are designed to increase engagement and provide a modern alternative to standard Moodle forums.

Advanced 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.

Advanced 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.

Advanced forums are design by Mooodlerooms in partnership with The University of Montana.


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  • Picture of Moodlerooms Development
    Mon, 3 Oct 2016, 7:29 PM
    @Stephen - we typically don't release new versions of the plugin until our corresponding release of the Moodlerooms platform, which generally occurs about 6+ months after the Core Moodle release. However, the "master" branch in the Github repository is passing all automated tests in Moodle 3.1, so you should try that version if you're looking to use Advanced Forums in a Moodle 3.1 build. You can access the Github repository by using the "Source control URL" link.
  • Picture of Laci Demeter
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016, 12:40 AM
    Hello, thank you for the information on the possibility of using Advanced Forums in a Moodle 3.1 build, and your reference to the Github repository. Could you explain it a bit further how I can access the Github repository? Should I look for the "Source control URL" link in my Moodle settings? Thank you!
  • Picture of Laci Demeter
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016, 1:26 AM
    Hello, I did find the Github repository, and the "master branch". It is working well in 3.1 v. Thank you!
  • Picture of Diego Ramos
    Wed, 16 Nov 2016, 9:26 PM
    Hello everyone, i have a doubt, can we lock to all comments in a a topic necessarily be anonymously? i have to eliminate the possibility of contact between forum participants
  • Picture of Kris KIm
    Mon, 5 Dec 2016, 4:42 AM
    Solr does not index Advanced Forum.
    You can fix this?
  • Picture of Michel DENIS
    Thu, 22 Dec 2016, 3:57 PM
    Anyone having tried this plugin with Moodle 3.2 ?
  • Picture of Guillermo Biot
    Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 11:58 PM
    Still nobody tried this plugin with Moodle 3.2?
  • Picture of Mathieu Pelletier
    Wed, 3 May 2017, 9:37 PM
    Hi All,
    I have tested this with 3.2 and it does indeed work. I have not done extensive testing, but so far it appears to work exactly as it did in 3.1.
  • Picture of Anu Laitakari
    Wed, 17 May 2017, 7:02 PM
    HI Mathieu,
    Did the search work in your test? There is a tracker item for this from January:
  • Picture of Mikael Kurula
    Tue, 13 Jun 2017, 4:10 PM
    Hello, does anyone have experience with this forum in Moodle 3.3?
  • Picture of Mikael Kurula
    Tue, 13 Jun 2017, 8:19 PM
    I can answer my own question. We installed Advanced forum in Moodle 3.3 and it seems to work fine at a first look. No installation errors and a limited functionality test revealed no problems.
  • Picture of Juan F
    Sun, 18 Jun 2017, 2:56 AM
    With Moodle 3.2, all 'Single Simple Discussion Forums' will no longer show 'author image or name' of the first post. It would be a blessing if this plugin could be updated to replicate this same feature.
  • Picture of Mathieu Pelletier
    Mon, 17 Jul 2017, 10:49 PM
    @Anu Laitakari Hi Anu, my search and all functions appear to work fine.

    However, I have just discovered a rather bizarre problem with the upgrade. Though everything appears to function properly, several posts from students have been truncated. Their posts are present in the upgrade, but for some strange reason they are much shorter than in my backup. I have only discovered this after being on the new system for two weeks, so I will need to copy the old posts to the new system or write some kind of script to do it! :S
  • Picture of cx MOODLE
    Fri, 25 Aug 2017, 11:12 PM

    After installing the Advanced forum, I proceeded to try it out on the Moodle Mobile App where I was shown a message "UH OH, this plugin is not supported, view in browser"
    Is this plugin supported by the Mobile App?
    If it is supported, can anyone shed some light as to why I get this message?
  • Picture of David Scotson
    Sat, 26 Aug 2017, 12:46 AM

    the module is not currently supported in the mobile app. When the work was originally done to add support it hit some limitations with the mobile apps ability to interact with 3rd party modules which prevented it from working. It is intended to support the app at some point, but I'm not sure when that is currently scheduled to be delivered.
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