keith landa, director
teaching, learning, and technology center
purchase college suny
It provides a visual cue when assignments are due:
The assignment due date is highlighted above with an outline.
The students in my course like it.
I really like this idea and am hunting for a plugin that will accomplish this.
The world has gone from pull to push notification (i.e. rss) and moodle does a good job at this, but would seriously benefit from advanced notifications of due dates (after all, students are habitually late at handing items in and the learning environment is already text heavy).
Issue: Our students don't use email any more (and this is a growing trend in young people). They check their facebook and sms constantly. So, if this push notification was sms based (which can be costly) or sent to facebook, this would be inifinetly more useful.
My point is that if I didn't use email as the basis for my job, I wouldn't want important notifications going there. Instead, I'd rather the notifications going to a place I check regularly.
We don't all have students who simply need subtle, occasional reminders. Many of us need our students to be reminded more directly of deadlines/assignments, similar to calls home at the elementary level helping parents to force their child to complete assigned work.
Two sides to this really. One is that learning to use the technology your employer, institution, etc. chooses, rather than the one you like is an important life skill and one we should be inculcating in our students. 15 years ago when there were some staff who were recalcitrant about using email, it was important to not send communication through other means, otherwise they'd never have learnt to take a more professional approach to their jobs.
On the other hand, if your institution is up against it as far as completion rates are concerned, then I can appreciate that anything, even if it's to the long term detriment of the students' learning of life skills, might need to be considered.
Has any relative work been done here ?
I too think this would be a great addition to Moodle. Apparently it is not a feature that is in the core code, and I have not yet seen a contrib module for this either.
If more people vote up or subscribe to the issue, perhaps the priority could be elevated from "Minor"? (That is a guess; I don't know actually how feature requests for Moodle get prioritized.)
As far as I can tell, still no movement on this issue.
I contacted one of the people who had said they were working on code for it. I'll let you know if I found out anything.
Today I released some very rough code to remind people of assignments: https://github.com/techmission/mdl_assignment_reminder.
Currently my code has a dependency on Drupal, but hopefully others can remove that.
DO NOT use this in production yet. I still need to test it for another week or so to confirm it is behaving as expected. This is still for developers only - in case anyone wants to refactor into a Moodle plugin.
Well its really long time when I am posting on this forum, but just for my information I just want to know that did any body develop any plugin which provide the automatic mailing on assignments due dates to participants....
We've done some custom development that displays a block that shows all of the assignments that a user has coming up "now" or "soon" (within 14 days) and creates a single list of activities from *all* their classes in submission date order.
I don't know if there's any likelihood that we'd be able to open source it (i'll see), but there is definitely a requirement both in exposing this information and aggregating across classes.