Blocks: Catalogue

block_catalogue
Maintained by Photo de Brice ErrandoneaBrice 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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Comments

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Fri, Jul 15, 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, Jul 15, 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, Jul 22, 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
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