Point of view - Feedback

Blocks ::: block_point_view
Maintained by Quentin Fombaron, Astor Bizard
Did you ever want to know the feelings of students about your courses, exercises or other activities? Point of View is a reaction system with emojis representing feelings; students can vote and rate activities and hence share their experiences. It improves social networking and gamification in your courses with students and professors reactions. Point of view plugin allows to add customizable reaction buttons to moodle activities, display the number of users who reacted and the type of reaction or specify graphically difficulty levels for activities with color tracks. And it is fully customizable!
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Moodle plugin « Point of View »

Quentin Fombaron - October 20th 2020, Astor Bizard - October 11th 2021
Centre des Nouvelles Pédagogies (CNP*), Univ. Grenoble Alpes - University of innovation

The plugin Point of view offers the possibility to react and give difficulty levels to activities within a Moodle course. Students know the difficulty of an activity (estimated by the teacher) thanks to color tracks. They also have the possibility to react via emojis, each representing an emotion, a feeling. It is fully customizable.

This plugin is developed by Quentin Fombaron and Astor Bizard. It is initially developped for caseine.org. Do not hesitate to send your thinking and bug reports to the contact addresses below.

- Quentin Fombaron
- Astor Bizard
- Caseine

* The CNP, set up as part of the IDEX Training component, brings together the DAPI, PerForm and IDEX support teams.

Point of View as a block

The Point of View plugin is a block. For general information about how blocks work, see Moodle documentation on blocks.


Once configured (see Configuration below), the block enriches the display of course modules with difficulty tracks and reactions.
Example of difficulty tracks and reaction on three modules.

Difficulty tracks

The difficulty track is set by the teacher for each module. It appears on the left of the module name.
By default, Green track, Blue track, Red track and Black track are available. These colors are customizable.


Reactions are a way for students to express their point of view on a module. The reaction interface is displayed on the right of the module line.
The total number of votes for the module is displayed, as well as a preview of reactions that have been voted for. A green dot indicates that the user has voted.

Hovering the reactions or clicking on them reveals the different reactions, allowing the user to vote for a reaction by clicking on the associated emoji.
Reactions interface.

By default, the available reactions are "Easy!", "I'm getting better!" and "So hard...". These texts and their associated emoji are customizable.
Only one vote per module is allowed for each user. Users can freely change their vote, or remove it (by clicking again the previously selected reaction).

Accessing reactions details

Teachers can access detailed information about reactions by clicking the link in the block content:
Block content with link to overview

This leads to a table with information about votes for each user and each course module:
Overview table with percentages

Information about reactions votes is displayed as percentages by default. This can be toggled to number of votes by clicking on the reactions:
Overview table with number of votes

Clicking the arrow on the right of a row allows access to detailed information about each user's vote on the module:
Overview table with users information


Once added to a course, the Point of View block needs to be configured.

Enabling reactions

To enable reactions in the course, the following option needs to be set to Yes:
Global reactions activation

Once enabled on block level, reactions can be enabled or disabled for each course module by checking the "Reactions" checkbox:
Course module reactions activation

Reactions can also be enabled or disabled for all course modules of one type:
Reactions activation for a course module type
...or for all course modules in a section:
Reactions activation for a course section

Enabling difficulty tracks

To enable difficulty tracks in the course, the following option needs to be set to Yes:
Global difficulty tracks activation

Once enabled on block level, difficulty tracks can be set for each course module with a dropdown menu: Course module difficulty track setting


Reactions emoji

Custom emoji can be defined to be used as reactions pictures. This can be done either at the site level (in plugin administration settings), or at the block level (on the block configuration page).
Note: Only 3 different reactions ("Easy", "I'm getting better" and "So hard" by default) are available.

Site administrators can define custom emoji to be used as reactions pictures site-wide:
Custom reactions emoji at the site level
11 files are needed: 3 emoji, 7 emoji groups (all possible groups from 1 to 3 emoji) and 1 neutral emoji meaning no vote on the activity. Please stick to the specified names.

Emoji Emoji group No vote emoji group
File names easy.png
Preferred size 200x200 400x200 400x200
Extension PNG PNG PNG

At the block level, teachers can choose which emoji to use, as well as using their own custom emoji. The requirements are the same as above.
Reactions emoji selection at the block level

At the block level, custom text to be used for reactions can also be defined.
Example of custom reactions texts

Difficulty tracks colors

Site administrators can define custom difficulty tracks colors. This is useful if your site uses a theme where one of the default colors renders badly.
Note: Only 4 difficulty tracks (Green, Blue, Red and Black by default) are available.
Custom color setting for green difficulty track


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Quentin Fombaron (Lead maintainer): Lead Developer
Astor Bizard: Developer
Jayson Haulkory: Intern Developer
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  • Tue, Feb 1, 2022, 5:11 PM
    Hi Astor,

    Thanks again for the quick reply. I think the default emoji looks exactly like the sad face emoji. But this is not a big issue, and we'll try to solve the issue by designing our own emoji.

  • Sat, Feb 5, 2022, 10:19 PM
    Hello, @Astor Bizard, thank you for this lovely plugin. Can more levels be added to difficulty levels?Now we have only three. Is it possible to make it five, like 1-5 sales? It would be grated if future version adds that feature. Another idea is that (also mentioned above by @guigonis vincent, btw) , we only have the results, it would be terrific if students's comments are also provided, telling us the reasons.
    Best Regards,
  • Tue, Feb 8, 2022, 9:33 PM
    Hello @synnac song,

    Thank you for your suggestion, I will add it in my list for future versions smile
    Comments really seem a nice thing to have, the next release should be adding them - but I cannot provide you with a release date yet.

    Best regards,
  • Thu, Feb 17, 2022, 7:44 PM

    I´m trying to get the difficulty of each module directly from the DB, where can I found them?

    Thank you,

  • Thu, Feb 17, 2022, 7:58 PM
    Hi @Mikel Armendariz,

    It is a kinda tough job (though, feasible).
    Difficulty for each module are stored as block configuration data.
    Block configuration data storage is standard across all moodle blocks, and is stored within the block_instances table. There, the configdata field contains a base64-encoded string of the block configuration data.

    I hope you will get this sorted out.

    Best regards,
  • Thu, Feb 17, 2022, 10:11 PM
    Thank you so much Astor Bizard!
  • Thu, Mar 3, 2022, 3:59 AM
    Does this plugin work as a single block instance for the entire course, or can you create multiple instances? For example, the use case I'm exploring is it this can be utilized to allow for ratings of specific activities separately as a user proceeds through a course, instead of all at once.
  • Thu, Mar 3, 2022, 5:03 PM
    Hello @Justin Santiago,

    I am not sure I understand your use case.
    This plugin only allows a single block instance per page (ie. per course).
    Please note that in block configuration, you can set which activities can be rated. In addition, if you have a notion of course progress, you can restrict activities access based on the completion of a previous activity ; this will lead to a natural flow in your course, as well as preventing ratings on activities that have not been unlocked yet.

    I hope this answers your question - if not, feel free to refine your demand ! :D

    Best regards,
  • Thu, Apr 7, 2022, 3:55 PM
    Dear Colleagues
    First of all I have to send a big congratulations for this plugin. I love this fast and feedback for course activities. smile
    But I have a big question. As I see this plugin collect the student names on the reactions details page. Can I set up shomehow that, this page hide the student real name? So can I set up that the data collection will be anonym?
    Thank you your help
  • Thu, Apr 7, 2022, 4:39 PM
    Hi @Jenő Duchon,

    Thank you for your enthusiastic feedback!
    Anonymous overview of reactions is not currently implemented, but is planned to be in a future release.

    If you want some teachers not to have access to this information, you may simply want to manage their permissions, so that they cannot see the details page. This is managed by the "block/point_view:access_overview" capability.

    Best regards,
  • Thu, Apr 7, 2022, 8:52 PM
    Dear @Astor Bizard, thanks your fast answer smile
  • Tue, May 24, 2022, 5:51 PM
    Hi plug-in developers!
    Thank you for developing this plug-in; it's very helpfull! I just tested today the plug-in with the new Moodle 4.0 (and the default theme); reactions shows perfect, but difficulty tracks are not shown. It's an expected bug in the actual version of the plug-in? Thank you
  • Tue, May 24, 2022, 7:49 PM
    Hello @Jose Miralles,

    This plugin has not been tested on Moodle 4.0 yet. Thus, support for it is limited.
    We will plan to release a 4.0-compatible version in the future.

    Best regards,
  • Wed, Jun 1, 2022, 1:43 PM
    I found this plugin really useful for collecting quick feedback from learners.
    However, it seems to work only when the course page is in topics format. Our LMS is using the Edwiser theme and the course pages are in card layout, where the plugin is not working.
    Please help.
  • Wed, Jun 1, 2022, 3:44 PM
    Hello @Sarika Hegde,

    This plugin supports standard themes (Boost, Clean, More) and Adaptable theme. It supports standard course formats (Topics/topics-like) and Tiles format.
    Other themes and formats may not be supported.
    I have taken notes of your problem, and it might be supported in a future release of this plugin.

    Sadly, that is all I can help you with for the moment.

    Best regards,
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