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.
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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 (


This plugin is part of set Open University.


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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
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Alan Carter: Technical developer
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  • Picture of Antonia Bonaccorso
    Thu, 26 May 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.

  • Picture of Bryson Stansfield
    Mon, 1 Aug 2016, 5:41 PM
    Hi, is there a timeframe for the release of a 3.0+ version?

  • Picture of Jason Platts
    Mon, 1 Aug 2016, 5:45 PM
    We have a 3.0 version on github -

    At some point I will get around to updating the plugin version here (hopefully this week - though I have been meaning to do this for several months!)
  • Picture of Irith Herman
    Sun, 18 Sep 2016, 3:00 AM
    How can I arrange to keep the block private and not let other registered users to be able to view course personal blog.
    I set up a private blog but anyone registered in this course can view it, there is no option to change this setting, it is locked
  • Picture of Stephen Livesey
    Mon, 3 Oct 2016, 5:09 PM

    Is there a plan to update to 3.1?

  • Picture of Matt Cote
    Sat, 11 Feb 2017, 8:10 AM
    Does the current version work on 3.2.1?
  • Picture of sam marshall
    Mon, 13 Feb 2017, 6:15 PM
    The current version may well work on 3.2.x but we haven't tested it. We will start developing against 3.2 in a few weeks; we will publish a stable release at some point late April I think, but if you grab from our master branch you can get any fixes earlier.
  • Picture of Anu Laitakari
    Wed, 17 May 2017, 7:04 PM
    Hi, are there plans to update this to 3.2? I can't see a branch for 3.2 on GitHub yet?
  • Picture of Brian Warling
    Wed, 24 May 2017, 1:03 AM
    Hi.... any updates on when a 3.2-tested/compatible version will be available? Thanks!
  • Picture of Bryson Stansfield
    Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 1:38 PM
    Hi, is there an update or time frame for 3.2 compatibility? Cheers
  • Picture of Sara Alfonzi
    Wed, 30 Aug 2017, 7:05 PM
    Hi, it might be early to ask but would the OU blog be available for version 3.3? Many thanks
  • Picture of Stephen Parry
    Wed, 22 Nov 2017, 4:24 AM
    Could we have a version for 3.3 and / or 3.4 please? We are thinking upgrading but many of our plug-ins including this one only work up to 3.1! Thanks!
  • Picture of Tamar Alania
    Fri, 2 Mar 2018, 4:06 PM
    Hello, I am trying to change background color in my ou blog activity. I also need to change visibility of author, date etc. Are these possible to change?
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Sat, 17 Mar 2018, 10:44 PM

    Any update to Moodle 3.4?

  • Picture of sam marshall
    Tue, 20 Mar 2018, 9:31 PM
    Regarding updates to Moodle 3.4 (and all other versions) - if you are desperate for it then you could try the 'master' branch in our github as we're currently running that against 3.4 in dev systems, but the proper MOODLE_34_STABLE branch will be created after we go live with Moodle 3.4. Our standard schedule is that if a Moodle release comes out in November then we go live the following June; if it comes out in May then we go live December. So for 3.4 it should be about June, if it's not there in June then it might be worth pestering us!
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