Each of our faculty has a course for every subject they teach. Within those, each of their period classes is set as a group. We spent a lot of time setting up 1100+ groups. A LOT of time. (I know there are some code hacks to get that process automated, but this is our first year with Moodle and I didn't want to start playing with the SQL).
Now, whenever a teacher inputs a calendar event that is group specific, even though they see it in their calendar no students see it at all. Not members of that group, other students, or anybody.
Are we doing something wrong?
Any thoughts greatly appreciated. We've invested many many hours and I really hope this can work!
Personally, going to 1.8+ has been the roughest upgrade/update of Moodle. I think, given the number of major issues, we might have to tough some things out until 2.0 as it seems to be coming up relatively fast.
I'll keep you posted if I hear anything or get any further on my end.
Upcoming Events block
but not in the calendar sounds like it may be the smae problem.Rick.
It seems what you are running into Peter is the combination of two big Moodle problems -- Groups and Moodle-post-1.6 (or roles).
Before roles, groups was the single most complicated thing about Moodle. They worked in some instances, but there were constant surprises when trying to use them. I opted out of using groups because of the complexity and unpredictability long ago.
Now roles (and Moodle 1.8 in general) enters the picture and when you put the complexity of two together, well, it seems you are unfortunately experiencing the result. I'm sorry to hear that you spent so much time on this and can't get it to work and I do hope that some "guru" can give you an answer to your problem...I would be surprised if there is one.
What you are doing (trying to do) with one class per subject and groups for periods within a class (subject), sounds logical, but I would be surprised if you didn't run into other problems down the road with this set-up.
There are trade-offs for keeping things simple, but a structure like one class per subject and one Topic per period would be simple. Yes, everyone could see everything in each class (subject), but it would be "simple". Or, one class per period...even simpler.
Good luck...hope you find a solution.
You're right, this seems a logical structure...
"Despite Steve's pessimism,"
Pointing out real problems that you even acknowledge is only fixed (maybe) in 1.9 beta, and offering a possible solution is pessimism . So what's your suggestion...he upgrade his production site to 1.9 beta and "maybe" that will fix it .
Spoken like a true Moodle disciple! Keep up the good work, you'll earn your "disciple badge" soon .
Hope you'll find a solution to backport this on 1.8.x+ soon.