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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 plugin is part of set Open University.

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 (


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 Paul Rettey
    Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 6:07 PM

    Just thought I would share this one, a problem solved! but also a further question.

    I had a user getting an problem when creating entries in the OU Blog.

    The problem is as follows:

    They type a short dummy note with three headings, each with a line of text underneath.

    They clicked to Add the blog and it only appears to have stored the first line, not the complete text.

    I have tried to replicate this issue but logging in as the user and following the process as indicated, but I am unable to produce the same problem.

    However the problem had been traced to Internet Explorer 9, and enabling compatibility mode fixed the issue.

    The question: I am not familiar with Moodle Blogs, Where are the Blog entries held in moodle? I am assuming it is a database table. What I need to establish is if the previous entries the user attempted to make are still stored there. My own view is that it is unlikely but it is necessary to confirm this.

  • Picture of Linda Vanderbaan
    Fri, Jun 28, 2013, 3:49 AM
    I just found an install bug in lib.php line 485 in version 2013043000 - I checked github and this code is still there.

    PHP Fatal error: Call to undefined function course_add_cm_to_section() in /var/lib/moodle/gao23/mod/oublog/lib.php on line 485

    The function: course_add_cm_to_section() is only found in Moodle 2.4 and up.

  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Fri, Jun 28, 2013, 3:03 PM
    Hi Linda,

    This is not a bug - the latest version requires Moodle 2.4. If you are still running a lower version you need to use either the historical installs from this site or use the related branch from GitHub (so for example the MOODLE_23_STABLE branch).
  • Picture of Barbara Taylor
    Thu, Jul 4, 2013, 3:52 AM
    Hi everyone, we are testing OU Blog with Moodle 2.5 and are getting this error when trying to create a post as a student:
    Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: PAGE->yui2_lib() is not available any more, use YUI 2in3 instead, see MDL-34741 for more information.

    More information about this error

    The more information link takes us to

    Is there something we need to change or do you need to fix something?
  • Picture of Jeff Sestokas
    Fri, Jul 26, 2013, 5:26 AM
    Using OU Blog in Moodle 2.5.1. Works great! Can you modify the tagging to communicate with the tag cloud for the next version of this plugin. Thanks, Jeff
  • Picture of John White
    Fri, Aug 30, 2013, 11:16 PM
    Hi Jason and all,
    Today I have created a tracker item (probably in the wrong place) at MDL-41518. I tried to find OU Blog under the tracker components but it doesn't appear there.
    No matter, I have recently worked on an enhanced of the OU Blog that delivers multiple grading points and 'snap-shotting' and I thought you might want to know of it.
    Regards, John
  • Picture of John White
    Sat, Aug 31, 2013, 7:53 PM
    I've now added a reference at:
    Regards, John
  • Picture of Chris Chapman
    Wed, Sep 4, 2013, 6:54 PM
    how many people are using this on 2.5+ stable? is it working without errors?
  • Picture of Colin Wheelhouse
    Sun, Sep 15, 2013, 8:05 PM
    Using this on Moodle 2.5.1 everything works fine EXCEPT the attachments loading animation never stops and as such you don't get to the point where you can upload an attachment.
  • Picture of Colin Wheelhouse
    Sun, Sep 15, 2013, 9:55 PM
    I have isolated the above situation. It only occurs if you deny "allow comments" in the OU Blog settings from within the course.
  • Picture of Richard Lang
    Sun, Dec 22, 2013, 6:52 PM
    I understand that the current plug-in is for Moodle 2.5. I have 2.6. Will it also work on 2.6? If not, do you know when the plug-in for Moodle 2.6 will come out? Thanks. Richard.
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Mon, Dec 23, 2013, 4:12 PM
    We don't know if the plugin works in 2.6 and it is not recommended to use it in 2.6 until fully supported. The official release version for 2.6 should be early June - however, there will be updates to the github master with any 2.6 fixes (should things break) from March.
  • Picture of David Perry
    Thu, Jan 2, 2014, 7:42 PM
    Are there plans to add a print to file function in? I'm finishing one off at the moment that will print all the blogs on screen, an individual's blog and individual blog posts. My colleague did a basic version for teachers-only previously, which I've based it on.
    Currently I just include an extra PHP script into the view and viewpost files - just need to double check it handles permissions of who can/can't see a post currently so is littered with debug statements. It makes a word file currently thanks to the code my colleague did initially, though I might change that to make a PDF now he's found a stable PHP library that does it
  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Thu, Jan 2, 2014, 7:54 PM
    David, There is already print to file support in the plugin... We support the standard Moodle portfolio export functionality. If you enable a suitable portfolio plugin (e.g. File download or Google Docs) within the Moodle admin screen you should be able to export individual posts or all posts shown.
    The only issue with this is that unless you have a portfolio plugin installed that supports output to Word doc or PDF (I'm not sure any exist?) then Google Docs is really the only viable option for outputting to a printable format.
  • Picture of David Perry
    Thu, Jan 2, 2014, 9:08 PM
    Jason - thanks for pointing that out, just gave it a go and it makes a ZIP file of HTML files. I'll tinker with both approaches
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