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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  • 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)
  • 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

  • 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?
  • Tue, Jul 21, 2020, 7:54 PM
    Hi, can I second Simon Davies' point? This is by far the best forum plug-in I've seen so thank you. I have one question. I love the fact that discussion titles are visible on the course page, but is there a way to customise what is visible on the course page and/or how it appears? e.g. discussions stacked vertically, discussion content visible on course page etc?
  • Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 9:55 PM
    does the plugin will support in moodle app ?
  • Tue, Sep 8, 2020, 7:23 PM
    Hi, will there be a 3.9 certified version coming any time soon? Thanks
  • Fri, Sep 25, 2020, 8:46 AM
    Hi there guys. I just installed the hsuforum and i missed the edit reply link. My users just cant edit their reply on the post. Can anybody helps me out?
  • Mon, Oct 12, 2020, 2:18 PM
    Will the Open forum be a Moodle 3.9 compatible?
    I installed the 3.8 plugin to Moodle 3.9, but it says "You do not have the permission to view discussions in this forum".
  • Thu, Oct 15, 2020, 7:34 PM
    Display mode is missing in this plugin, how do I sort replies [latest first, oldest first] as replies wise.
  • Mon, Mar 29, 2021, 5:48 PM
    Hi, the use of the same tag (2020061100) for two apparently different versions (3.8.3 July 2020, 3.9.3 Feb 2021) is causing some confusion. Cd you confirm whether 3.9.3 is indeed a different version ? If yes, it should carry a distinctive tag, e.g. 2021022300. We've also noted the high error count for the code prechecks; could you advise on how this might affect use of the plugin in practice and whether this indicates any security concerns ? Many thanks.
  • Thu, May 6, 2021, 6:32 PM
    Hello, will you add likes to posts in the future? This can be very useful
  • Tue, Aug 3, 2021, 11:27 PM
    Hello Developers,

    Like Meir Kirshner on Wed, Jul 29, 2020, 9:55 PM and before them Thijs Himpe on Tue, Feb 25, 2020, 6:42 PM, I'd also like to know:

    | Is the open forum compatible with the Moodle mobile app?

    I am currently using the Moodle Mobile App 1.0.1 and Open Forum (hsuforum), and I get the message:

    "Uh oh!
    Your organisation installed a plugin that is not yet supported.

    Contact the site administrator and tell them you want to use this activity with the Moodle Mobile app. [etc]"

    How do I go about getting Open Forums working on the Mobile App?

    Thanks! Paul
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    Wed, Aug 11, 2021, 9:23 PM
    Hi Paul, we haven't added the functionality around using Open forums in the mobile app yet. We will evaluate adding it per your request.
  • Thu, Nov 25, 2021, 7:42 AM
    Hello developers, Will this plugin we available for Moodle 4.0 version as well?
  • Open LMS Logo
    Sat, Nov 27, 2021, 2:19 AM
    Hi Ridhima, this plugin will be available for Moodle 4.0, however, no more features will be added during the next releases.
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