Blocks ::: block_faces
Maintained by Kyle Goslin, Daniel McSweeneyDaniel Mc Sweeney
Faces is a simple block that allows you to print or view a collection of user profile pictures for your moodle course. Its very useful for those of us who need to put a name to a face. Faces can be viewed/printed for the entire class or by group.
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It can be difficult to put a name to so many faces! Faces is a simple Moodle block that allows teachers to print out a collection of names and profile photos of those students who attend their classes. 


Faces can print a collection of profile photos in grid format for the entire class or by group. It can be useful for use in the classroom or meetings when its useful to 'put a name to a face'

Its a quick and easy block to use and install. All feedback welcome

Development of this block is currently ongoing, so please feel free to make any suggestions.


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Kyle Goslin (Lead maintainer)
Daniel McSweeney
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  • Tue, Apr 22, 2014, 12:32 AM
    Also, the ability to display other fields in addition to the name, idnumber in particular, would be very useful!
  • Tue, Feb 24, 2015, 6:15 PM
    Very good block.
    You can add the option to export to excel?
    thanks a lot
  • Oam
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015, 1:32 AM
    Hi ! Thanks for this.

    I added an issue : https://github.com/Kylegoslin/moodle-block_faces/issues/1

    Why don't you merge this plugin with Roster ? (and with attendance plugin by the way ? ^^)

  • Wed, Feb 25, 2015, 3:45 PM
    I tried all. report_roster,mod_attendance and autoattendmod but when you export to excel the images are not.
  • Sat, Jan 23, 2016, 7:39 PM
    Erro version Moodle 3.0
    Validating block_faces ... Erro
    [Error] Plugin does not declare its component name [null] Ajuda com Plugin does not declare its component name
    Installation aborted due to validation failure
  • Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 3:08 AM
    Please make it Moodle 3.0 ready. After that it will be very helpful.
    What I'm looking for is an option to learn my student names just like with flashcards: Profile-Picture as question - lastname as answer. And not allways beginning with name a-z but shuffeld. Any hint how to do that? In Moodle? With export via Excel to a flashcard-App
  • Tue, Feb 16, 2016, 1:18 PM
    Hola, ¿cómo puedo corregir este error?
    Erro version Moodle 3.0
    Validating block_faces ... Erro
    [Error] Plugin does not declare its component name [null]

    Gracias al quien me pueda ayudar. El bloque se ve muy interesante.
  • Sat, Apr 9, 2016, 5:53 AM
    in the archive file version add a line $plugin->component = 'block_faces';
  • Thu, Apr 14, 2016, 10:20 PM
    Installing through the Moodle interface, I first get "Unable to detect plugin type...". I selected manually to do "Block" as the type. At that point I get the following error.

    Debugging output enabled
    ZIP /data/web/ecampus/data/temp/tool_installaddon/4e0288a6-9118-4805-aee2-f51c8f194fa1/plugin.zip
    Validating block_faces ... Error
    [OK] Name of the plugin to be installed [faces] Help with Name of the plugin to be installed
    [OK] Plugin version [2015052915]
    [OK] Required Moodle version [2011070110.00]
    [Error] Plugin does not declare its component name [null] Help with Plugin does not declare its component name
    Installation aborted due to validation failure
  • Mon, Feb 13, 2017, 8:21 PM
    Are there any plans for a M3.2 version?
    Has anybody tested the current version (1.6) against Moodle 3.2?
  • Fri, Mar 10, 2017, 6:40 PM
    I second the need for a M3.2 version.
  • Tue, Mar 20, 2018, 9:23 PM
    Kyle, Daniel,

    Your plugin is highly appreciated. Any change for a 3.4 edition?

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 11:15 PM

    Any updates to 3.5?

  • Tue, Nov 13, 2018, 9:45 PM
    Works nice and smoothly in our 3.5. Compliments for Kyle for quick response on an issue!
  • Mon, Feb 4, 2019, 11:51 PM
    This looks like a useful plugin. We've used Roster but our faculty find it cumbersome. We had a homegrown "name quiz" solution that presented student photos in random order minus names for faculty quiz themselves. They loved this method of learning student names for their face-to-face courses, but we've moved away from this in favor of Roster. Any chance a change to your plugin along these lines is in the works? Thanks!
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