Blocks: NED - Mentor Manager

Maintained by Picture of Fernando Oliveira Fernando Oliveira
With this block, the admin (or designated user) can assign mentors to students. Mentors can then access easy-to-read “progress reports” for their mentees. The admin (or designated users) can also create automated notifications that are sent to teachers, mentors or students based on pre-selected criteria (example: notification is emailed to mentor and student if student has not logged in for 7 days).
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This block provides a user-friendly way of pairing mentors with students. Currently, Moodle does not have an effective way of managing the mentor role. By using this block, parents, tutors, or other “helpers” are able to track the progress of particular students across multiple courses. The block exists at the site level. When a mentor logs in, his/her mentees (students) are listed inside the block. When the mentor clicks on the name of a student, a progress report is shown. This report includes grades, submissions, feedback, etc. from all relevant courses. Along with defining mentors and mentees, administrators can also create “notification rules” that are automatically sent (email or SMS) to teachers, mentors or students based on pre-selected criteria (example: send email notification to mentor and student if student has not logged in for 7 days and grade is less than 50%).



This plugin is part of set NED.


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  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 6:46 AM
    Hi Laura, can you provide a screenshot of the rule criteria?
  • Picture of Laura Fernández
    Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 8:30 AM
    Hi Fernando, I don't know how to send to you a screenshot of the rule criteria. I can´t do it on this post.
    Can you give me a email address for send it?

  • Picture of Vin Sap
    Wed, 3 May 2017, 12:32 AM
    It seems the plugin does not track all activities such as URL Resource which has a completion status, is this limited to Activities?
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Tue, 9 May 2017, 11:49 PM
    Hello Vin, I'm afraid this block does not track URL resources.
  • Picture of Laura Fernández
    Thu, 11 May 2017, 2:13 AM
    Hi Fernando, I sent you by mail the screenshot of the rules but I have not had any response from you. I hope you can respond to me soon because I need to work with this plug in. Thank you very much!! - Laura -
  • Picture of Joseph Liaw
    Sat, 20 May 2017, 11:53 PM
    Hi Fernando:

    First of all, a big "THANK YOU!" for contributing such an amazing set of plugins to the Moodle community...

    Future Idea to make the Mentor Manager plugin really fly: how about have a way for parents to create their own account via the "Create New Account" feature in Moodle, but then have a "Mentor Student" plugin that connects them to their students automatically? The way this would work is they would put in their username, then have their student put in their username and password...presto!

    This would be "magic" in terms of having to avoid the administrative hassles of creating parent / mentor accounts, and then having to wrestle with the administration of linking mentor accounts to student accounts....

    Of course, what you have setup is already wonderful for administration at the system level, but in order to bulk process students and mentors at an institutional scale, this could be an elegant solution....

    Thanks for your consideration and keep up the GREAT work!
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Mon, 19 Jun 2017, 4:45 AM
    Hi Joseph, thanks for the suggestion. I will add it to the wishlist As always, we are open to funding from schools and organizations that are looking to implement functions like these.
  • Picture of Kayneisha Williams
    Thu, 17 Aug 2017, 7:28 AM
    Hi Fernando,
    Is there a way to do bulk uploads via CSV, or is this a feature you've ever considered adding ?

  • Picture of Ghislain Fabre
    Sun, 3 Sep 2017, 6:10 PM
    Thanks for this great plugin. I have seen that it's not available for Moddle 3.3 on version, but in statistics there is a lot 3.3 version using it. Someone know if it's possible to use it for 3.3 version ? Thanks, best regards.
  • Picture of Ghislain Fabre
    Fri, 8 Sep 2017, 1:39 AM
    Tested, it seems that is wok very well with 3.3. Very good plugin, thanks.
  • Picture of Betsy Springer
    Sat, 28 Oct 2017, 9:07 PM
    This block is SO helpful in our virtual high school. However, I cannot figure out what part of assignment completion it is monitoring. It does not monitor activity completion, because it does not account for manual completion markings. However, it doesn't not include all items waiting to be graded either. For instance, a student has 5 waiting to be graded and the block says 3. Does it only monitor certain types of activities?
  • Picture of takashi niimai
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017, 7:46 PM
    Hi!, i'v trying this module, and i think this is the better of management block, congratulations!

    I have a problem to send mail to course teacher throught notificactions, mentor and the stundent recibed email, but teacher not. I check tearcher in rule settings, and in report of mentors show teacher correctly. Someone know why this? Thx in advance.
  • Picture of Jamie Tinley
    Wed, 13 Dec 2017, 4:57 AM
    Hi Fernando, love the Ned updates! One feature request that is VERY important to most USA schools to be FERPA compliant as we can't show student grades at our school when using email.- I would like to be able to have granular control over the Notification Criteria. Ie, I still want to show the class name they are seeing already in notification but NOT show their grade! Instead I just direct them to log into moodle to check there in my appended note to them in notifications.
    2nd is a user question - how to I get the link given to students for course overview to show up? Teachers can see it but not students. I edited the student role and checked allow for everything that said course overview but it still would not let students see it. I also purged cache. I'm imagining it's due to being inside fn_mentor. See link below. Thanks Fernando, great work! Thanks!
  • Picture of Jamie Tinley
    Thu, 18 Jan 2018, 5:43 AM
    For those wondering how to remove the grade from the automated email notification here is how you can do it: edit the file block_fn_mentor.php found in path blocks/fn_mentor/lang/en as follows
    commented out:
    //$string['g4_message'] = '{$a ->firstname] has an overall coure grade average of {$a ->g4}%.';
    //$string['g4_message'] = 'Please have {$a ->firstname] check their grade in Moodle in course above.';

    I'm still having permission issues with this automated notification email link below. I have tried editing all roles and gave allow permission for everything that had the word overview in it without success. yes I purged cache. If created my own link which does work in the append part of the email ( If the Course_overview link can't work for students then I would rather remove it but it's trickier to edit than the grades. Thanks again for a great block.

    Link to online report:
  • Picture of Jamie Tinley
    Thu, 22 Feb 2018, 7:07 AM
    adding allow to the student role for block/fn_mentor:createnotificationrule allows the link to online report http://OurSchoolSite/moodle/blocks/fn_mentor/course_overview.php?menteeid=2216 to work for any student BUT it also allows them to see ALL students grades too, not just their own. If anyone else see's a fix for the notification email online report link for students to work as intended it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Also have the report formats changed as I don't see the 3 tabs Overview, Grades, Activity in progress report as is shown on this link here:
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