Blocks: Catalogue

block_catalogue
Maintained by Photo de Brice Errandonea Brice Errandonea
Provides a visual and central place for a teacher to access everything he can use in his course (activities, reports, blocks, …) Frequently used items can be marked as favorites for quick access. Unless the teacher wants to delete or move an activity or block, he rarely needs to switch to editing mode. Students can also use the Catalogue to access the tools they're allowed to. No need, for users, to learn a first method to add an activity, then a different one to add a block, then a third one to use enrolment methods, and so on, searching the four corners of the UI... With Catalogue, it's the same method for all of these tools and they all can be found at the same place.
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Purpose

Provides a visual and central place for a teacher to access everything he can use in his course (activities, reports, blocks, …) Frequently used items can be marked as favorites for quick access. Unless the teacher wants to delete or move an activity or block, he rarely needs to switch to editing mode.

No need, for users, to learn a first method to add an activity, then a different one to add a block, then a third one to use enrolment methods, and so on, searching the four corners of the UI... With Catalogue, it's the same method for all of these tools and they all can be found at the same place.

Students

Students can also use the Catalogue to access the tools they're allowed to (image 6).

Manager interface

A manager interface is included (image 3). There, managers can :
  • Edit the descriptions.
  • Edit the documentation links.
  • Hide or show items to the teachers. We don't recommend you hide too many tools. Better let the teachers choose which ones are their favorites. But if you want to hide a tool and test it before showing it to the teachers, that's possible.

Tool lists

9 lists of tools are available. The site administrator can choose (image 8) which ones of these lists will be displayed in the block, and in which order.
  • Activities : divided in 3 categories (Exercises, Collaboration, Other)
  • Blocks : 3 categories (Monitor learners, Communicate with learners, Other)
  • Custom labels : Requires the plug-in "mod_customlabels", by Valery Fremaux. 3 categories (Pedagogical elements, Structural elements, Other elements)
  • Enrolments : 2 categories (Users and groups, Enrolment methods)
  • Grades : 3 categories (Grade settings, Grade reports, "Outcomes, competencies, badges")
  • Modules : Activities and Resources together. 4 categories (Resources, Exercises, Collaboration, Other). Of course, you're not supposed to use "Modules" and "Activities" at the same time on the same site.
  • Reports : 1 category
  • Resources : 1 category

The 9th list is now deprecated and will be replaced in a future version. Therefore, its icon hasn't been updated in version 2.0. Please avoid using this list :
  • Sections : 1 category (Manage sections without switching to editing mode)

Authors


  • Brice Errandonea brice.errandonea@u-cergy.fr (development, general idea, project lead)
  • Caroline Pers caroline.pers@u-cergy.fr (external communication, user experience refinments, feature requests, beta-test)
  • Salma El-mrabah salma.el-mrabah@u-cergy.fr (development, version 1.0)
  • Nirina Andriamanantenasoa nirina.andriamanantenasoa@u-cergy.fr (element icons and descriptions, versions 1.x)
  • Baptiste Bail baptiste.bail@u-cergy.fr (list icons, version 2.0)
  • Noa Randriamalaka noa.randriamalaka@u-cergy.fr (SEFIAP director)

Logo of Université de Cergy-Pontoise

SEFIAP (Service d'Expertise, de Formation, d'Ingénierie et d'Accompagnement Pédagogique)
Université de Cergy-Pontoise
33, boulevard du Port
95011 Cergy-Pontoise cedex FRANCE
https://sefiap.u-cergy.fr

What's new in version 2.0 ?

  • Course map : Navigate throughout your course. When you're inside an activity or resource, you can immediatly browse to the next (or previous) one by clicking an arrow, without a detour through the course main page.
  • When you add an activity, resource or custom label, you can choose the exact place where you want to put it. Not necessarily at the end of a section (image 5).
  • New list icons. One main color for each list.
  • Subcategories are now displayed in columns rather than in rows (image 2 and 3).
  • If editing mode is active, you can remove favorites directly from the block (image 4).
  • More responsive design.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented to find modules' description strings under some configurations.
  • Support for Moodle 3.3


Screenshots

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Contributors

Photo de Brice Errandonea
Brice Errandonea (Lead maintainer)
Picture of tazi salma
tazi salma: Developper
Picture of Caroline Pers
Caroline Pers: External communication, user experience refinments, feature requests, beta test
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  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Fri, 15 Jul 2016, 4:57 AM

    Thanks guys for sharing the block with the Moodle community. I found the idea and the look & feel quite interesting and I can imagine this can be popular interface for both Moodle beginners as well as experienced users. I left some suggestions for further code improvements in the tracker and I am happy to approve this now. You are cleared to land, welcome to the Plugins directory!

  • Photo de Brice Errandonea
    Fri, 15 Jul 2016, 2:36 PM
    Hello Mr Mudrak,

    Thanks for reviewing and approving our plugin. We'll follow your suggestions in the next version.
    We hope many people will enjoy using this plugin.

    Regards.

    Salma and Brice


  • Photo de Brice Errandonea
    Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 4:15 PM
    Hello German,

    Thanks for your feedback Android your translation. There are no hard-coded english strings. After all, I'm french ;) The problem is different. Each list has its own lang folder. Why ? Because I plan to make them independent subplugins in the future. Now that I read your comment, I wonder if this is such a good idea. I'll check this in august (I'm on holiday, right now).

    Regards

    Brice
  • DigiDago
    Fri, 29 Jul 2016, 5:37 PM
    Hi Brice,

    Thank you for this plugin and your work. I think this plugin it's a very good news for teachers. In your case, we hide navigation and administration blocks for user. So this plugin is truly welcome to replace "administration block" too.

    After some tests, here are a little feedback:
    - Easy to use
    - Nice design / interface
    - We love possibility to edit texts of all elements / items

    Few improvement ideas:
    - If we change icons for activities/resources in your Moodle theme, we have always old/default icons used in catalogue. So we have two icons for the same thing. I think it will be better to use activities/resources icons used by the theme.
    - In my case, the texts "report" and "block" are hidden below the icons in the block. I don't know if it's a bug or not.

    I think we can re-use the idea of this plugin with a dedicated block for students where we can add items/links like: manage forum notification of a course, see list of users...

    I could share other feedbacks from teachers in some months.

    Best regards.

    Clément
  • Photo de Brice Errandonea
    Sun, 31 Jul 2016, 5:58 PM
    Yes Clément, it's a bug and it's already corrected in our draft for the next version. Although we're both french speakers, I answer in English for the other people visiting this page.

    I'm glad you like the plugin. Thanks for your feedback. Please tell me which theme you're using so that I check how it changes the icons for activities and resources. About the students, we plan to add more lists in the future and some of them will contain items that students can use.

    Have a nice august. Regards

    Brice

  • DigiDago
    Sun, 31 Jul 2016, 8:13 PM
    Hi Brice,

    I use often adaptable theme and I custom themes too. I often change the default images with my own pictures for activities/resources. So not sure this can help you but pictures are in a theme folder called "pix_plugins".

    One more thing I tell me when I test this block it's : it will be good if we can add or custom an info text at the top of the block after the title "catalogue". For example "Catalogue : manager your course".
    It will be more clear for teachers when they come for the first time in the course.

    Regards.
    Clément


  • Picture of Matthias Giger
    Sat, 25 Feb 2017, 11:41 PM
    When I generate content in a Moodle 3.1 course with Catalogue afterwards I can't erase the activity or content. Has anybody experienced the same behaviour?
  • Photo de Brice Errandonea
    Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 3:47 PM
    Hello, Matthias. We've never experienced such a bug. How do you try to delete your activity and at which step does it go wrong ?
  • Picture of anjan mukherjee
    Wed, 26 Jul 2017, 6:00 PM
    I am using this plugin in moodle 3.3. Successfully installed but doesnot show in my block.
    How do i use after install this plugin.
  • Photo de Brice Errandonea
    Fri, 28 Jul 2017, 4:08 PM
    Hi. The catalogue only shows up inside courses. I suggest you to install it on the site main page to have it on your whole site. But you won't see it on your main page itself if you're not in editing mode.
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