I have managed to twist the arm of the network manager of my old high school to install the PoodLL online assignment so I can demo it to their MFL teachers- and have been testing it out. WhenI go to the Settings page in Manage assignment submission plugins, I get the message Section error! which sends me to http://docs.moodle.org/26/en/error/admin/sectionerror (they are on 2.6.4) which of course means nothing to me.... could you help please? Thanks
Ok as an added extra I noticed the filter is not present so I have messaged him about that but the assignment still works from a desktop. However there is only the option to choose mp3 recording and although it uploaded my android sound file OK , as the teacher I subsequently could not play it. Might this be something fixable in the non existent settings page?
I have not seen the section error before. And it should not be possible to install the PoodLL Assignment Submission if the filter is not there. Sooo
i) double check that the PoodLL filter is installed, and preferably enabled.
ii) check that the onlinepoodll assignment submission was actually installed all the way. The plugin admin settings are all initialized on installation. If that step was somehow missed, you could wind up in a weird situation. (When you add a few new settings while developing, but don't bump the version and go to the notifications page to upgrade, things like this happen)
The situation with mobile uploads unfortunately is a little complicated. It is the nature of the territory really. If the android records and uploads as an mp3, it will always playback for the teacher. Yay. But if the android records as some "wonky" format that flash can't read, only android will play it back. If you expect your students will use mobile devices, then the safest thing is to install ffmpeg on the server. PoodLL can use that to convert the uploaded file to mp3 if necessary.
On http://demo.poodll.com you can see it in action. I attached a document your admin guy will be thrilled to have on how to set up ffmpeg for PoodLL.
Ok -well when I go to Notifications ( I have admin access but not server access; the server is at the school and is Windows IIS or something) I see red messages about PoodLL saying missing from disk -but the assignment is marked as enabled and the filter as disabled. I know he tried a few months ago before upgrading to 2.6 and had problems, so gave up until i asked him nicely again last week; don't know if this is a hangover from that.
I will definitely pass on the document about installing ffmpg (but again he is on Windows and you mention Ubuntu...) The MFL dept are into ipads and I thought this would be a good way of getting students to upload speaking tasks from ipads - so...
Right. FFMPEG works just as well on windows. That part is ok really.
The biggest problem is usually that people download all the mods they want, but not the filter. Then Moodle complains because of the dependency on the filter. So they try to download the filter, but it is 18MB, and so sometimes the connection to Moodle.org times out. Then they are stuck.
The thing to do in this situation is to upload the filter via FTP , or download and drag 'n drop it into the plugins installer if the file upload limit is greater than 18 MB.
Anyway the point is that in some combination of the above, the site probably got in a state. It would be best to re install the filter and get it working properly. And probably re install the OnlinePoodLL assignment submission plugin too.
Sorry for the hassle. Incidentally I am working on a PoodLL app to make ipads and friends work better.