Activities: OU blog

mod_oublog
Maintained by Picture of sam marshallsam marshall, Picture of Jason PlattsJason Platts, Picture of Alan ThompsonAlan Thompson, Picture of Alan CarterAlan Carter
Alternative blog. Can be used as a course activity.
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This is an alternative blog that you can install into standard Moodle.

It does not replace the standard blog, and operates alongside it. There are two modes of use:

1) As a course activity. In this case you can use it the same way as any other module. You can have course-wide blogs (everyone in the course posts to the same blog), group blogs, or individual blogs; the latter are useful for assessed activities (where the student is supposed to keep a journal which only they and their tutor can read).
   
2) As a replacement for standard Moodle personal blogs. In this case it would be a good idea to turn off the standard Moodle blog system, or it'll bevery confusing. You then need to MANUALLY provide students with a link to mod/oublog/view.php which will automatically take them to their personal blog.

When using for personal blogs, one feature of interest may be moderated public comments; when you allow comments from people who are not logged in, all such comments are moderated.

Please note: This plugin is no longer supported in Moodle Tracker. All support requests should be via the GitHub repository issue tracker (https://github.com/moodleou/moodle-mod_oublog).

Sets

This plugin is part of set Open University.

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Contributors

Picture of sam marshall
sam marshall (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Jason Platts
Jason Platts: Current lead developer
Picture of Alan Thompson
Alan Thompson: Technical developer
Picture of Alan Carter
Alan Carter: Technical developer
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  • Picture of sam marshall
    Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 10:08 PM
    The MOODLE_34_STABLE branch is available on github right now so get it from there if you need it urgently. We haven't put it in the plugins database yet...
  • Picture of Michael Aherne
    Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 4:49 PM
    Hi Sam, are you still planning to put this into the plugin database? (Sorry to hassle you - I really appreciate that the OU makes this plugin available at all!)
  • Picture of sam marshall
    Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 7:23 PM
    Well, *I'm* not planning to, because I'm too lazy and don't even remember how. smile Jason is in charge of this plugin for the last several years. I think he said he was going to update it in the plugins db... He's off this week though. If it's actually really urgent, you could maybe try hassling me on the developer chat if you're in there... smile But given I don't know what I'm doing it might be safer if Jason does it.
  • Picture of Michael Aherne
    Wed, Aug 8, 2018, 6:21 PM
    It's not really urgent - I can get it from github for the time being (it's bending our policy a bit, but I made up the policy so I think I'm allowed smile)
  • Picture of Nelson Mejía
    Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 11:48 PM
    Hello,

    I would like to know about the license type managed by the Ou Blog activity.
    In the file README appear the text "Copyright 2012 The Open University".I have the doubt if the license was only this year or remained
    nowadays.
    I need to modify the css, spanish language file and add new logic but i would like to ask for autorization to do it or some contact to communicate with you.

    Thanks.
  • Picture of Stephen Parry
    Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 4:33 AM
    Please could we have the Moodle 3.5 version of this plug-in releasing to the directory? Thanks.
  • Picture of Irith Herman
    Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 8:27 PM
    I"m using Moodle 3.5 .
    I upgraded the Oublog to the 3.5 version an now when I click on the attachment file I get an error

    No valid arguments supplied or incorrect server configuration

    More information about this error

    ×Debug info:
    Error code: invalidargorconf
    ×Stack trace:
    line 482 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 3954 of /lib/filelib.php: call to print_error()
    line 40 of /pluginfile.php: call to file_pluginfile()

  • Picture of Irith Herman
    Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 8:27 PM
    I"m using Moodle 3.5 .
    I upgraded the Oublog to the 3.5 version an now when I click on the attachment file I get an error

    No valid arguments supplied or incorrect server configuration

    More information about this error

    ×Debug info:
    Error code: invalidargorconf
    ×Stack trace:
    line 482 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 3954 of /lib/filelib.php: call to print_error()
    line 40 of /pluginfile.php: call to file_pluginfile()

  • Picture of Irith Herman
    Mon, Mar 18, 2019, 8:28 PM
    I"m using Moodle 3.5 .
    I upgraded the Oublog to the 3.5 version an now when I click on the attachment file I get an error

    No valid arguments supplied or incorrect server configuration

    More information about this error

    ×Debug info:
    Error code: invalidargorconf
    ×Stack trace:
    line 482 of /lib/setuplib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    line 3954 of /lib/filelib.php: call to print_error()
    line 40 of /pluginfile.php: call to file_pluginfile()

  • Picture of Michael Aherne
    Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 7:24 PM
    Is there likely to be a release of this plugin for Moodle 3.6?
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 7:43 PM
    There should have been a 3.6 release in June but it looks like we forgot to push it to the public...
    Basically it looks like there are no changes other than for some behat tests that broke in 3.6.

    We also have a follow on 3.6 release coming up next month - so at some point we will push these both to github and to the Plugins directory.
  • Picture of Gary Mellor
    Mon, Sep 2, 2019, 9:05 PM
    Will there be support for Moodle Mobile App in a future release? Currently states 'plugin is not yet supported'. Also it would be great to have pre-set tags that can be limited and selected from a drop-down box. Thanks.
  • Picture of sam marshall
    Mon, Sep 2, 2019, 10:28 PM
    (Jason is away at the moment, I'm answering on his behalf.)

    At the Open University we are using the app but we decided (so far) not to reimplement all our custom activities in the mobile app, since it basically means having to code and maintain everything twice. We do have very good mobile support from the web interface (especially with our in-house theme) so users can access everything on their phone even if we don't have app support... So at the moment there are no current plans to implement mobile app support for OU blog, sorry.

    Not sure about the tags, I thought there was a way to do this.
  • Picture of Navin Kumar
    Wed, Sep 18, 2019, 6:33 AM
    Is there likely to be a release of this plugin for Moodle 3.6?? patrakar
  • Picture of Joshua Hull
    Tue, Oct 8, 2019, 8:17 PM
    Hi, I have a group of learners who heavily use the OU Blog and they cannot view their blog posts. Interestingly enough they can create new posts but when view them they get an error message: 'Sorry: you do not have access to view this page.' It's currently showing 'There are no visible posts in this blog.' however I can see the participation for a particular student which is showing as yesterday (07/10/2019). Can someone advise me on what to do please?
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