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Collapsed Topics is 14!


On the 18th February 2023, I was improving Collapsed Topics with the consequence of updating the Changes.md file. This lead to me scanning through all that I had done since its creation. Then I realised that the first version (0.1) was released on the 21st February 2009, and thus its fourteenth birthday would be on the 21st February 2023. I had to do something to celebrate this event.


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The event

Collapsed Topics was developed in the time of Moodle 1.9 and backported to 1.8. So what better way to celebrate than to get a Moodle 1.9 up and running and make a video of the first version running? So I did!

The video

With an ‘event’ that shows the date, for which I had to alter ‘weblib.php’ in order to extend the year range. As Moodle 1.9 is hard coded only to run up to 2020 in that respect.

If you’d like to try for yourself, then you can get the code from a post I created – moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=444143 – you will need a copy of Moodle 1.9, for which there are installers still available, download.moodle.org/macosx/ and download.moodle.org/windows/.


Collapsed Topics and Moodle has come a long way, in what in reality is a short length of time. Looking at what it once was though, you can see how I’ve maintained the fundamental objective of the format as a solution to the ‘scroll of death’.


Please do say what you think in the comments.

Gareth Barnard
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Gareth Barnard

Gareth is a developer of numerous Moodle Themes including Essential (the most popular Moodle Theme ever), Foundation, and other plugins such as course formats, including Collapsed Topics.

3 thoughts on “Collapsed Topics is 14!

  • Consuelo

    Hi, I´ve got problem with the 4.2 moodle version, Topcoll crash system. When will it be avaible for 4.2 moodle version?

    • blank ElearningWorld Admin

      Hello. The plugin has a README file, and it gives direction on where to post quests and bug reports etc. You should do that in the correct way, as it will reach the developer directly 🙂

  • Wow – that takes me back !
    As I recall I started using Moodle at version 1.3, and I remember 1.9 very fondly 🙂


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