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
Picture of Alan Carter
Alan Carter: Technical developer
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  • 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!
  • Picture of Jane Sim
    Wed, 11 Jul 2018, 6:17 AM
    Checking to see if 3.4 will be available soon. Thank you.
  • Picture of sam marshall
    Wed, 11 Jul 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, 7 Aug 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, 7 Aug 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, 8 Aug 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, 17 Aug 2018, 11:48 PM

    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
    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.

  • Picture of Stephen Parry
    Sun, 6 Jan 2019, 4:33 AM
    Please could we have the Moodle 3.5 version of this plug-in releasing to the directory? Thanks.
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