Blocks ::: block_people
Maintained by Ulm University, Alexander Bias
Moodle block which displays all teachers of a course with contact quicklinks, as well as a quicklink to the participants list

People 2.6 (Build: 2014013100)

Moodle 2.6
Released: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 9:09 PM
Moodle block which displays all teachers of a course with contact quicklinks, as well as a quicklink to the participants list

This plugin requires Moodle 2.6+

2014-01-31 - Check compatibility for Moodle 2.6, no functionality change
2013-10-15 - Bugfix: Block didn't respect course members which have multiple roles, now those members are listed with all of their roles
2013-07-30 - Transfer Github repository from to; Please update your Git paths if necessary
2013-07-30 - Check compatibility for Moodle 2.5, no functionality change
2013-04-23 - Add required capability for placing block on MyMoodle page
2013-03-18 - Fix php strict standards bug, fix small performance issue, Code cleanup according to moodle codechecker
2013-02-18 - Check compatibility for Moodle 2.4
2012-12-17 - New Feature: Block supports role names which have been renamed in course context
2012-11-30 - Bugfix: Block couldn't be added to frontpage, therefore it couldn't be used as sticky block
2012-11-27 - Small code cleanup
2012-10-10 - German language has been integrated into AMOS and was removed from this plugin. Please update your language packs with http://YOURMOODLEURL/admin/tool/langimport/index.php after installing this plugin version
2012-06-25 - Update version.php for Moodle 2.3
2012-06-01 - Initial version

Install the plugin like any other plugin to folder

See for details on installing Moodle plugins

block_people is used ideally as sticky block and appears on all of your course pages at the same position

See for details about sticky blocks

The block_people plugin displays a list of the course's teachers grouped by roles. The block shows the teacher's avatar, a quicklink to his/her profile and a quicklink to send him/her a message with the moodle message system. Furthermore, there is a quicklink to the participants list of the course.

block_people should work with all themes from moodle core.

block_people has neither a settings page nor settings in config.php. Nevertheless, there are some Moodle settings it responds to:

1. List of teachers
block_people gets the list of teacher roles from $CFG->coursecontact. With this Moodle core setting, you can define which roles are displayed in block_people's list of teachers.

2. Quicklink for teachers
block_people only shows a quicklink to the teacher's profile if the user has the capability moodle/user:viewdetails
See for details on this capability

block_people only shows a quicklink to the message system if the user has the capability moodle/site:sendmessage and if the Moodle message system is turnes on ($CFG->messaging)
See for details on this capability and for details on the messaging system

3. Participants List
block_people only shows the link to the participants list if the user has the capability moodle/course:viewparticipants.
See for details on this capability

4. Roles sort order
block_people shows teacher role groups in the order defined in /admin/roles/manage.php. Please visit this settings page if you want to modify the sort order

Further information
block_people is found in the Moodle Plugins repository:

Report a bug or suggest an improvement:

Moodle release support
Due to limited ressources, block_people is only maintained for the most recent major release of Moodle. However, previous versions of this plugin which work in legacy major releases of Moodle are still available as-is without any further updates in the Moodle Plugins repository.

There may be several weeks after a new major release of Moodle has been published until I can do a compatibility check and fix problems if necessary. If you encounter problems with a new major release of Moodle - or can confirm that block_people still works with a new major relase - please let me know on

Right-to-left support
This plugin has not been tested with Moodle's support for right-to-left (RTL) languages.
If you want to use this plugin with a RTL language and it doesn't work as-is, you are free to send me a pull request on
github with modifications.

Alexander Bias, University of Ulm

Version information

Version build number
Version release name
2.6 (Build: 2014013100)
Can be updated from
2.5 (Build: 2013073000) (2013073000)
Can be updated to
2.7 (Build: 2014063000) (2014051200)
Stable version
MD5 Sum
Supported software
Moodle 2.6
  • Latest release for Moodle 2.6

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL

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 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.