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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 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 Dave 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 Dave 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
  • Lindy anime style
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 10:38 AM
    Hello folks,
    My organisation has been using OU Blogs on Moodle 2.5 and students and staff have been very happy with it. We upgraded to Moodle 2.7 this month, and discovered that all the OU Blog activity, despite showing that its running in individual mode with separate groups, is allowing every user to view and comment on every other user's blog in the course.

    This is a bit of a problem for us - is there likely to be a fix for it anytime soon??
    All the best,

  • Lindy anime style
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014, 10:44 AM
    Sorry - should have added this before. Seems to be the same issue as documented in tracker here:
    Our OU Blog version is 2013043000.
  • 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
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