## Blocks: NED - Mentor Manager

block_fn_mentor
Maintained by 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%).

#### Demo: http://ned.ca/moodle-demo/

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### Sets

This plugin is part of set NED.

### Contributors

• Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 6:46 AM
Hi Laura, can you provide a screenshot of the rule criteria?
• 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?

• 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?
• Tue, 9 May 2017, 11:49 PM
Hello Vin, I'm afraid this block does not track URL resources.
• 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 -
• 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!
• Mon, 19 Jun 2017, 4:45 AM
Hi Joseph, thanks for the suggestion. I will add it to the wishlist http://ned.ca/plugins/#_wishlist. As always, we are open to funding from schools and organizations that are looking to implement functions like these.
• 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 ?

Thanks
• Sun, 3 Sep 2017, 6:10 PM
Hello,
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.
• Fri, 8 Sep 2017, 1:39 AM
Tested, it seems that is wok very well with 3.3. Very good plugin, thanks.
• 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?
• 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.
• 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!
http://OurSchoolSite/moodle/blocks/fn_mentor/course_overview.php?menteeid=2216
• 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 {$a ->g4}%.'; //added //$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 (http://moodlex.waterford.k12.ca.us/moodle/grade/report/overview/) 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.