Help Me Now Block

Blocks ::: block_helpmenow
Maintained by Picture of Karen EngKaren Eng, Picture of David ZahareeDavid Zaharee, Picture of Matt OquistMatt Oquist, Picture of Jonathan DoaneJonathan Doane, Picture of Jérôme MouneyracJérôme Mouneyrac
This moodle block creates a chat interface for students and teachers to connect. It also provides a help desk chat interface for students to ask questions of the teachers/admins who are assigned as helpers and currently logged in. It also has plugins for multiple sharing tools that can be enabled.

Help Me Now Block 2.2 (Plugin Build: 2014050400)

Moodle 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7
Released: Monday, June 2, 2014, 5:00 PM
Moodle Block: Helpmenow
Copyright: VLACS 2013 www.vlacs.org
License: http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html GNU GPL v3 or later

Plugin branch names and matching Moodle version
MOODLE_19_STABLE => Moodle 1.9
master => Moodle 2.2 to 2.7
alternate_server (it is the old master branch containing alternate server code) => Moodle 1.9

Intro:
This moodle block creates a chat interface for students and teachers to
connect. It also provides a help desk chat interface for students to ask
questions of the teachers/admins who are assigned as helpers and currently
logged in. It also has plugins for multiple sharing tools that can be enabled.

Requires:
Client side javascript

Features:

- Help Desk Chat:
- Admins can create any number of help desks, ie: Technical Help, Academic
Help, etc.
- Users are added as helpers to the help desk queues by adding permissions
for them, then assigning them to helpers using the Manage Queues Link.
(Admins only)
- These queues are designed so that multiple teachers/admins can log in to help
students with questions during specific hours.
- Allow all authenticated users the permission block/helpmenow:queue_ask to be
able to ask questions to the queues.

- Teacher/Student Chat:
- Lists are managed with personalized contact_list plugin system.
- The native contact list provided queries the course context to determine if
the user is a student or a teacher (by role).
- Users who are teachers will be able to chat with all users who have
a student role in the courses that they are a teacher or editingteacher
for.
- Users who are students will be able to chat with all users who are
assigned as teachers in the courses they are in.
- The contact list is a plugin system that can be customized to use extra data
availible in your system to determine roles/contact lists.
- The native contact lists provided for the 1.9 version have only been used
for basic testing, we (vlacs) use a customized version of these lists. When
the 2.x version of this plugin is availible, we hope to provide a much
better version of the contact lists utilizing the updated Student/Teacher
roles.

- Teachers and help desk helpers are not automatically logged in to the system
when they use moodle, they should log in during the times they are available
to answer students questions. All students are automatically logged into the
helpmenow block
- Teachers may enter a Message of the Day (MOTD) which is their current status,
this is displayed to students.
- Missed Chats are emailed to the user.
- Chat history is availible to all users.

- Updates are not instantaneous, things may take up to 10 seconds to refresh
(like logging in and out of the block, lists of students online)
- This is designed to not allow students to chat with other students. However it
is dependant on how the contact_lists are setup.
- Admins may see "Who's Here" which shows a list of all teachers and their
status and if they are online. It also shows which helpers are currently
staffing the help desk.
- Use block settings to change the name of the block to personalize


- Plugins to enable sharing tools
- Adobe Connect
- WizIQ (obsolete / not maintained)
- GoToMeeting (obsolete / not maintained)

- Links are provided in chat to invite students to join the teacher in the
shared area.



Version information

Version build number
2014050401
Version release name
2.2 (Plugin Build: 2014050400)
Can be updated from
1.9 (Build: 2013030600) (2013050700)
Maturity
Stable version
MD5 Sum
41900344788702bd8541b72b70202201
Supported software
Moodle 2.2, Moodle 2.3, Moodle 2.4, Moodle 2.5, Moodle 2.6, Moodle 2.7
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.2
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.3
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.4
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.5
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.6
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.7

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
GIT
VCS repository URL
VCS branch
master

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Blocks

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the block folder.
  3. Place the folder (eg "myblock") in the "blocks" subdirectory.
  4. Visit http://yoursite.com/admin to complete the installation
  5. Turn editing on in any home or course page.
  6. Add the block to the page
  7. Visit the config link in the block for more options.