Is MyBB suitable for online-courses engaged students' discussions?
#1
Hi Folks

I'm involved in assembling an online math course for few hundreds university students. We have already prepared the static content but it lacks a environment for peer interaction.

Despite being an open course, we are considering to foster some cadence to the course, in such way most of the students be roughly in the same stage within the course.

One key point is that we would like to boost the interaction by promote some sort of ranking system, that takes in account amount of questions posted, replies, maybe the number of "likes" to a reply, and things like that.

At last, it would be great if it could be possible to write down math expressions in the posts.

I came across MyBB and wonder if it could be that environment. As far as I can see, MyBB is very powerful and rich-featured.

Thanks in advance.
R.Biloti
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#2
Quote:At last, it would be great if it could be possible to write down math expressions in the posts.


MyBB is free software. You can easily download and install a local copy. Try Mathematical equations and expressions and check whether it is appearing properly. Try your special characters in topic heading, post body, signature etc for better bug hunting.
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#3
Yes I think so, what you have asked can be done easily with MyBB.

You can use Group promotion feature of MyBB to promote users based on their post count etc
(https://docs.mybb.com/1.6/Admin-CP-Group-Promotions/)

For math expressions, they would generally work but the better solution would be if you can use symbols like integrals, dy/dx etc in posts by using CKEditor math addon or even use mathjs after doing some core changes.
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(2020-07-31, 03:50 AM)WallBB Wrote: Yes I think so, what you have asked can be done easily with MyBB.

You can use Group promotion feature of MyBB to promote users based on their post count etc
(https://docs.mybb.com/1.6/Admin-CP-Group-Promotions/)

For math expressions, they would generally work but the better solution would be if you can use symbols like integrals, dy/dx etc in posts by using CKEditor math addon or even use mathjs after doing some core changes.

Thanks!

That group promotion tip maybe be an option. Concerning math expressions, certainly mathjs would be ideal, however I'm sure I'm not capable of such core changes. My skills don't go that far.

I worked with CKEditor in an open-source project many years ago. Unless it has evolved considerably, it is not powerful enough to write  the math expressions required.

Kind regards,
R.Biloti

(2020-07-30, 02:07 PM)meetdilip Wrote:
Quote:At last, it would be great if it could be possible to write down math expressions in the posts.


MyBB is free software. You can easily download and install a local copy. Try Mathematical equations and expressions and check whether it is appearing properly. Try your special characters in topic heading, post body, signature etc for better bug hunting.

Thank you for your reply. However, it is not enough to be able to write special characters. What I need is to write expressions like the following one.

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For sure, I will give a shot to MyBB, installing it.

Kind regards,
R.Biloti
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#5
I think it's possible to simply integrates mathjax (https://www.mathjax.org) in MyBB, just with an edition of the header template.
The use seems quite simple: https://docs.mathjax.org/en/latest/basic...a-web-page
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(2020-07-31, 11:56 AM)Crazycat Wrote: I think it's possible to simply integrates mathjax (https://www.mathjax.org) in MyBB, just with an edition of the header template.
The use seems quite simple: https://docs.mathjax.org/en/latest/basic...a-web-page
The headerinclude addition is just scratching the surface, the point of interest is inserting the symbols in the posts. For that sole purpose, editor js would be required so that user can insert the symbol in the post. Another point of interest would be how the symbols would show in the post and there might be cases where the symbols may break MyBB default post page.
I feel this would require some work but it possible for sure. Smile

(2020-07-31, 11:35 AM)biloti Wrote:
(2020-07-31, 03:50 AM)WallBB Wrote: Yes I think so, what you have asked can be done easily with MyBB.

You can use Group promotion feature of MyBB to promote users based on their post count etc
(https://docs.mybb.com/1.6/Admin-CP-Group-Promotions/)

For math expressions, they would generally work but the better solution would be if you can use symbols like integrals, dy/dx etc in posts by using CKEditor math addon or even use mathjs after doing some core changes.

Thanks!

That group promotion tip maybe be an option. Concerning math expressions, certainly mathjs would be ideal, however I'm sure I'm not capable of such core changes. My skills don't go that far.

I worked with CKEditor in an open-source project many years ago. Unless it has evolved considerably, it is not powerful enough to write  the math expressions required.

Kind regards,
R.Biloti
If you have used CKEditor before, you would be interested with the math addon as it will remove all the manual MyBB editor js changes.
https://ckeditor.com/cke4/addon/mathjax (It seems updated based on last update date 17 June 2020 )

I will say it is still worth trying. Smile

Regards
WallBB
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