Blocks ::: block_gismo
Maintained by Christian Milani
GISMO, a graphical interactive student monitoring and tracking system that extracts tracking data from an online course maintained with Moodle, and generates graphical representations that can be explored by course instructors.
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GISMO is a graphical interactive monitoring tool that provides useful visualization of students' activities in online courses to instructors. With GISMO instructors can examine various aspects of distance students, such as the attendance to courses, reading of materials, submission of assignments. Users of the popular learning management system Moodle may benefit from GISMO for their teaching activities. With respect to the standard reports provided by Moodle (which basically allow teachers to see if an individual student has viewed a specific resource or participated on a specific activity on a specific day), GISMO provides comprehensive visualizations that gives an overview of the whole class, not only a specific student or a particular resource. With GISMO, instructors can perform analysis of the whole class, and may have a "clear picture" of what the class is doing, or has done in a period in the past.


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Christian Milani (Lead maintainer)
Riccardo Mazza: (Developer & Manager)
Luca Mazzola: (Past Developer)
mauro nidola: (Past Developer)
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  • Wed, May 6, 2015, 3:55 AM
    Hi Yvonne, that's correct

    When a student is graded his/her assign submission appears in the graph.

    I'm confused because the Help page says: "On the X-axis we mapped the assignments (or quizzes in the graphs dedicated to quizzes) and marks denote students submissions. An empty square means a submission not graded ..."

    If the student made a submission, then the graph should have an empty square? How can I see this?
  • Sat, Jun 27, 2015, 6:25 PM
    Allowing Gismo to be installed site wide through the frontpage. There does not appear to have been any movement on this functionality

    Anyone know how to distribute this block to a whole category or a whole site when it is not shown as available as a block on the frontpage
  • Frankie's the name, Moodle's my game!
    Mon, Sep 28, 2015, 12:57 AM
    I ran it from the web browser, but I got this message: "Command line scripts can not be executed from the web interface". What gives?
  • Mon, Jan 4, 2016, 6:48 AM
    I am using Moodle 3.0 and I added the Gismo block to a course, after which I was should this message "Error reading from database ". From this point on every time I try to access this course I get the same error, although all other courses are working fine. What can I do to deal with this issue?
  • Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 9:33 PM
    Hi, I'm currently running a Moodle 2.9.3+ site and planning to update it to Moodle 3 or 3.1 (sometime in the future), and i would love to have your plugin installed. I do, however, have a question: have you tested in a Moodle 3+ environment?

  • Daniel
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 10:42 PM
    Are you planning to soon wear your very useful plugin to Moodle 2.9 and 3.0?
    Thank you for your response.
    E-Learning Facile
  • Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 9:46 PM
    I can't find your plugin for Moodle 2.9 and 3.0, is your plugin still maintained ?
    Thanks for your feedback
    Best regards
  • Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 9:57 PM

    I'm working on it right now, if you want you can download the lastest version (still testing) here:

    Anyone that could test and let me know is welcome smile

    so far I tested it on 2.9 and 3.0 without problems
  • Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 9:49 PM
    I tested on my local Bitnami Moodle 3.0, but i get :
    Validating block_gismo ... Error
    [Error] Unable to extract all files [Attempting to extract file gismo/lib/third_parties/client_side/jqplot.1.0.8r1250/plugins/jqplot.BezierCurveRenderer.min.js resulted in error 'Can not write target file'.]
    Installation aborted due to validation failure
  • Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 10:13 PM
    how did you download the code? using git or directly from the site? i just deleted ll the jqplot1.0.8 files since they are not used anymore, i updated the library to 1.0.9
  • Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:51 PM
    I downloaded it directly from the site :
    I get this error :
    Validating block_gismo ... Error
    [Error] Unable to extract all files [Attempting to extract file gismo/lib/third_parties/client_side/jquery-ui-1.10.3/css/ui-darkness/images/animated-overlay.gif resulted in error 'Can not write target file'.]
    Installation aborted due to validation failure
  • Tue, Jan 31, 2017, 3:28 AM
    Hi, Is this plugin working in Moodle 3.1 or 3.2?
  • Tue, Jan 31, 2017, 2:59 PM
    yes, u can find the lastest code on bitbucket that works for 3.1 (i did not yet test it on 3.2)
  • Tue, May 23, 2017, 10:25 AM
    Gismo block do not shows up on student account - I've checked the View block Permissions. We are using Moodle 3.1. Please advise.
  • Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 1:59 PM
    Hi There,
    I have tried to get gismo working on out 3.1.3+ installation and it sits there spinning and never loads up the charts.( i manually forced the exported)
    I'm doing this as an admin user.

    Any ideas on how i can get this to work? Or if you will be updating the code to support newer versions of moodle?
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