Blocks: Course overview (legacy)

Maintained by Picture of Howard Miller Howard Miller
The Course overview block is visible on a user's Dashboard and shows a list of all courses in which a user is enrolled/has an assigned role.
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This plugin is provided as an alternative to the new Course Overview block that appeared in Moodle 3.3 and may stop working in Moodle 3.7. By that time all contributed modules should be compatible with the new course overview API and work with the standard block_myoverview.

This is a legacy version of the block which used to be part of the standard Moodle installation. Starting with Moodle 3.3, the block has been moved to the Plugins directory and can be installed as an additional plugin.

The block appears on the Dashboard. Activities with due dates and unread forum posts are displayed for each of the courses in the block. Clicking on an icon will expand the setting to give more information and direct the user to the relevant activity. In the case of assignments, they will only display when the student needs to submit - or resubmit - and for teachers, when they have assignments which need grading.

See more information at Course overview (legacy) page in Moodle docs.


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  • Picture of Henry Patz
    Sun, 13 Aug 2017, 2:36 PM
    Before one can use it, you should disable the new Course overview plugin. I had (German version) two "Kursübersicht" in the block menu and because the edit-buttons (both!) where greyed out and did not work properly, I guess, there conflicts...
    Henry, very glad with the old fashioned dashboard. smile
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 3:27 PM

    I am happy to announce that Howard Miller kindly volunteered to become a new maintainer of this plugin. Thanks Howard!

  • Picture of Howard Miller
    Tue, 29 Aug 2017, 8:30 PM
    There were some Javascript conflicts/issues in the 3.3.1 release which are fixed on the master branch. There should now be no need to remove the core 'Course overview' block. I will release a new version as soon as I have done a bit more testing.
  • Picture of koen roggemans
    Fri, 1 Sep 2017, 1:41 PM
    Thanks Howard. I have running both on all home pages at the moment.
  • Picture of Christian Flury
    Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 8:09 PM
    First of all: We are very happy to have this plugin smile, thx a lot! We installed the newest version 20170911 today. The documentation says "By default this block appears in the central content block on the Dashboard". In contrast to this statement , on our site this block is appearing in the left column. Of course it may be moved manually to the central column but each user has to to this individually. What do we need to do so that it appears in the central column by default or after a reset?
  • I Teach With Moodle
    Mon, 25 Sep 2017, 9:51 PM
    Thanks Howard for looking after this plugin. FYI the version.php was not bumped to 3.3.2 in your GitHub repo for this plugin.
  • Picture of Howard Miller
    Wed, 11 Oct 2017, 2:33 AM
    Christian... that's incorrect. It will appear in a side column by default and then need to be moved. I'm not sure if a block can appear in the centre column by default. I'll check.
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