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Activities: OU blog

Maintained by Picture of sam marshall sam marshall, Picture of Jason Platts Jason Platts, Picture of Alan Thompson Alan Thompson, Picture of Alan Carter Alan Carter
Alternative blog. Can be used as a course activity.

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 (


This plugin is part of set Open University.


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 Jason Platts
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 4:03 PM
    Lindy, you are running a very old version of the plugin - there may well have previously been a bug that has been fixed to resolve your issue.

    Please note that the plugin does not support Moodle 2.7 at present. We are about to migrate to 2.7 over the coming month and updates will be released to the github master branch. There will be an 'official' 2.7 compatible version release in December.
  • Lindy anime style
    Tue, Aug 5, 2014, 12:20 PM
    Thank you Jason for getting back to me so quickly. We updated the plugin and merciful heavens it just works like a charm! Happy upgrading to 2.7!
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014, 8:12 PM
    Martin, the only permission on the links block is whether the user can manage the links (managelinks). If no links were added then users without this capability would not see the block.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 12:07 AM
    It's a permission (managelinks), not a configuration option.
  • Picture of Martin Arman-Addey
    Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 12:19 AM
    Hi Jason, I have downloaded the latest version to my test server, and can see the option for the managelinks. On my live server I am running V2014942500, which doesn't seem to display that option. I'l have a look and apply the latest to our system. Thanks for your help. Martin
  • Picture of Lael ...
    Mon, Aug 10, 2015, 6:33 AM
    Is there a 2.9 version for OUblog?
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Mon, Aug 10, 2015, 4:49 PM
    There is no oublog version for 2.9 at present. It is recommended that you do not run on 2.9 at this time. We are switching to 2.9 for development in the next few weeks and we will carry out automated + manual checks during this period to ensure the plugin continues to work - updates will be made to github Master branch at this point (beginning September). The 'official' oublog release for 2.9 will be in Dec.
  • Picture of Lael ...
    Fri, Aug 21, 2015, 6:57 AM
    Thanks for the update Jason
  • Picture of Chris Chapman
    Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 12:31 AM
    Hi Jason, any ideas roughly when we can expect the official release for 2.9? is it likely to be this month as planned?
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Wed, Dec 9, 2015, 12:33 AM
    Sorry, it was supposed to be last week but we have been snowed under with other work. Will try and get it done this week.
  • Picture of Chris Chapman
    Thu, Dec 10, 2015, 7:50 PM
    Cheers for the update, much appreciated. will check back some time next week then smile
  • Picture of Νίκος Εσμερλής
    Sat, Dec 19, 2015, 3:30 AM
    Hi Jason. I'm a High School teacher and I use the plugin a lot with my students. Are you planning any update for moodle 3.0 ? This time I've updated the moodle site to 3.0 but the plugin isn't working.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Wed, Dec 23, 2015, 7:59 PM
    2.9 version is now available. I'm afraid an official 3.0+ version will not be available until June 16 (check github for updates in the meantime).
  • Picture of Νίκος Εσμερλής
    Thu, Dec 24, 2015, 1:35 AM
    Ok. Thank Jason! Μerry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
  • Picture of Antonia Bonaccorso
    Thu, May 26, 2016, 3:37 PM

    I would like to report a bug we encountered with mod_oublog on Moodle 2.9.3. If pictures are uploaded via drag-and-drop into a blog post they are visible as long as I'm in edit mode. If I save my blogpost, pictures are no longer visible. When pictures are added via file-picker everything works fine.

    As drag-and-drop is a really useful functionality when including pictures in a blog, we would really appreciate if you could fix this bug.

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