Course overview (legacy)

Blocks ::: block_course_overview
Maintained by 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.

NOTE: When adding the block it will first appear in the sidebar with other blocks. You should edit the block and change it's location to the 'content' section (or whatever the main dashboard area is called in your theme).

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


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  • Scott Krajewski
    Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 4:38 AM
    Hi Howard. I'm trying to make the Timeline tab default to the Courses view. I tried changing the "active" btn class in timeline-view.mustache which seemed logical but it is having no effect. Any tips on how to make this change?
  • Howard Miller
    Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 5:15 AM
    Scott... I've got todo some updates on this anyway. Give me a few days. I'll add an option in the settings to set the default page. It seems like a sensible thing. I was a bit doubtful about which one to make the default anyway.
  • Howard Miller
    Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 5:18 AM
    Just to note. If anybody finds bugs or has any suggestions for enhancements, please add them here... They'll nag me until I do them over there!
  • Cyril Z.
    Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 3:51 PM

    I find this plugin really great.

    I don't know if this proposal has already been suggested to you.

    I think it would be usefull to add the possibility to the user to add their own categories like the current categories "Favourites" and "Courses".
    Teachers teach in several school sections, it would be great that they can put all their French courses in the French category, the computer courses in the computer category, etc. For the student I imagine that they could put their courses in year : Category 2017, Category 2018, etc.

    Thank you.
  • Michael Skwara
    Sun, Aug 26, 2018, 8:19 AM
    Thanks very much for the plugin! Just wanted to report a spelling thing: The mouse-over text for a quiz notice says "You have quizs that need attention" instead of "quizzes that need attention"
  • Peter Diedrichs
    Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 3:07 PM
    Hi, we are testing this plugin since our users hate the new course overview block in moodle 3.3-4. It lookks very nice, but I have a problem though: when re-ordering the courses on Courses or Favourites, they go back to their original place when I select Stop costumising this page. Anyone has any idea about this? I did report it as an issue, but I'm not sure if it's us doing something wrong.
  • C'est moi :-)
    Wed, Oct 3, 2018, 4:42 PM
    I think that the Title of this bloc should NOT include "(legacy)", because it's shown to users (that don't understand that). Of course it can still be shown on the Name of the block.
  • Peter Diedrichs
    Mon, Oct 8, 2018, 9:24 PM
    Regarding my question from Wed, 3 Oct 2018, 9:07 AM, it turned out to be another javascript distrurbing the sorting functionality.
  • Peter Diedrichs
    Fri, Oct 12, 2018, 2:51 PM
    We have a problem with the HTML output on the Favourites and Courses tabs. When page is reloaded, none of the tabs is marked as active. The default tab set in administration should be. Bug tracker:
  • Peter Diedrichs
    Mon, Oct 29, 2018, 7:18 PM
    We also have discovered a serious problem: The courses marked as Favourites and the courses not marked as favourites switch place when customising the course order.

    Steps to replicate
    1. Set Favourites as default tab and have Keep favourites in course list admin/settings.php?section=blocksettingcourse_overview
    2. Have courses not marked as Favourites plus one or more courses marked as Favourites
    3. Select Customise this page
    4. Select the Courses tab
    5. Change order on a few courses
    6. Select Stop customising this page
    7. Verify that all your favourites have been unmarked as favourites, and that you previously unmarked courses have become favourites.

    Using Moodle 3.4.4 and Course overview (Legacy) 3.5.4
  • Peter Diedrichs
    Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 4:37 PM
    I have made a short video showing both the default tab problem and the problem with Courses and Favourites changing place. Does anyone else have those problems?
    Using Moodle 3.4.4 and Course overview (Legacy) 3.5.4
  • C'est moi :-)
    Fri, Feb 15, 2019, 5:18 PM
    Several months ago, you wrote that this plugin "may stop working in Moodle 3.7". Do you now know if you will make it compatible with 3.7?
    Because i think this block is still used by lot of people/sites, and very useful when you don't want to loose place with course description images for exemple.
  • Olli Leppänen
    Mon, May 25, 2020, 10:35 PM
    Hi, is there any plans to modify to block to be compatible with Moodle 3.8? When trying to use this block in dashboard of the 3.8 I get the error "Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: assign_print_overview() can not be used any more and is obsolete."

    Thank you for a great plugin! It has saved me a lots of time and effort when grading the assignments.
  • Kelly Mannix
    Fri, Feb 10, 2023, 9:37 AM
    Hi, Has anyone tried this in Moodle 4.0? Mine seems to be having issues with it?
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