Progress Bar

Blocks ::: block_progress
Maintained by My mugMichael de Raadt
A time management tool for you and your students
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Please use the Completion Progress block instead if this.

  • Faster and more efficient
  • Easier to use
  • More compatible with additional plugins

The Progress Bar block will no longer be developed and is kept here for historical reasons.

  • A time-management tool for students
    • Shows progress in activities/resources of a course
    • Colour coded to quickly see completed/viewed
  • Teachers select which pre-existing activities/resources are to be included
  • Order by times/deadlines or course order
  • Overview page for teachers showing progress of all students
    • Identify and contact at-risk students
  • Combined progress on Dashboard page


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  • Mon, Jun 20, 2016, 3:50 PM
    Hi Michael, thanks for your help so far!

    From plugin overview...
    Progress Bar block_progress Version for Moodle 2.0 onwards 2016051400

    Moodle version Moodle 3.0.3+ (Build: 20160415)

    I'm running a site on HowToMoodle, I dont have access to the plugin installer, which is a massive pain.

    The dashboard block says "No Progress Bar blocks are set up for your courses." Like I stated earlier, I mad a test student, enrolled on actually 11 of our courses, all of which had the progress bar on the course page, which work just fine. For some reason it seems like that data from those just isn't being fed back to the dashboard block.

  • Mon, Jun 20, 2016, 5:14 PM
    FINALLY CRACKED IT!!! I had all my courses set to hidden because of a bug in the theme im using. The second I unhid one, the block appeared! So sorry for wasting your time Michael. Thanks for the awesome block.
  • My mug
    Mon, Jun 20, 2016, 6:01 PM
    Great to hear, Andy!

    Thanks for letting us know.
  • Mon, Jun 20, 2016, 9:36 PM
    I think I may have found a bug - If the Progress Bar exists in the class, it takes on the default dates of the activities and resources. When I modify the dates of each activity and resource (not within the Progress bar settings), the dates in the Progress Bar sticks to the original dates.

    The current workaround: modify the dates first, then add the Progress Bar block.
  • My mug
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016, 3:07 AM
    Hi, Madeline.

    You should try the "lock to due date" setting, which causes the block to follow activity due dates instead of manual dates. This should be on by default for activities with due dates. It doesn't work with completion "expected by" dates, though.
  • Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 8:07 PM
    Is there a limit on the number of resources the block will show - I have a course with numerous resources in and when I try to configure the block it just gives a server 500 error or a no data error - if I lower the number of resources it then allows configuration. If I zip up some of the files it seems to alleviate the issue. I obviously don't want to monitor all the resources but the list for choosing what's available for monitoring is obviously too long. My server php .ini is set for quite heavy memory and upload limits.
  • My mug
    Wed, Jun 22, 2016, 8:21 PM
    Hi, Mark.

    There's not a limit, but with large courses, the block instance config form can be slow, can stall or fail. The main reason I've identified is the little calendar widget on each date and there is a tracker issue for that. Decencies between form items also slow things down.

    This was one of the reasons why I've been working on a new version of the plugin that relies on completion. I've submitted that to the Plugins directory and hopefully it will be approved soon.
  • Thu, Jun 23, 2016, 8:24 PM
    I managed to put a lot of files with no activity completion into moodle folders thereby reducing the config form contents - produced a sort of workaround might help in meantime . Thanks Michael.
  • Sat, Jun 25, 2016, 2:15 AM
    Hi Michael,

    I cannot determine what is causing some students to show red and others blue on the same assignment, though I think the bug has to do with the "Action: Passed" setting, as when I set it to Action: Submitted, the colors worked correctly. Here's some info on the assignment:

    Progress Bar settings:
    -Monitored: Yes
    -Locked to Deadline: Yes
    -Action: Passed
    -Show submitted before action: Yes

    Assignment settings:
    -Deadline: June 30, 2017
    -Attempts reopened: Automatically until pass
    -Maximum attempts: Unlimited

    Some students that have no submission at all show red and blue. Some that have reopened assignments also show red and blue. I can't find any patterns.

  • Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 4:13 PM
    Thank you very much for this Michael. I know you must be busy but I wonder is there a simple way to add a minimum word count to the completion tracking options in forum posts / replies? Would absolutely love this option if possible.
  • My mug
    Wed, Jun 29, 2016, 6:59 PM
    Hi, Jonathan.

    I haven't had a chance to look at the code in relation to what you reported. It could be related to assignment attempts or overrides in the Gradebook.

    Hi, Eric.

    To add an activity completion option, you
    would have to change the Forum module. I'm not sure if that is what you meant.

    It could be done by adding an action query to the Progress Bar, but that would be hard to configure.
  • Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 10:09 PM
    Thanks Michael. I did not notice the "lock to due date" setting before. That works.
  • Wed, Jul 6, 2016, 10:58 PM
    An add-on to the above comment. The progress bar dates lock to deadline accurately for assignments. However, the "lock to deadline" does not seem to work for forums. It looks like when the "lock to deadline" function is selected in forums, the dates are automatically pre-set to a system-chosen date, and not grayed out like when the function is turned on in Assignments. The only way that I can get the dates to update for the forums, is to set up the dates for each forum within the Progress Bar edit screen.
  • My mug
    Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 5:51 AM
    Hi, Madeleine.

    With the "lock to deadline" option, the dates set in the Progress Bar block instance configuration page and rely on the date set with the activity instead. You should be able to test this after you save the configuration with "lock to deadline" on and view the Progress Bar block in the course. If you had set a date previously and the chosen "lock to deadline" that date is remembered and appears greyed out, as you described, but it would not be the date used unless you turn off "locked to deadline" again. At least, that's the way it should be working. Let me know if it is not.
  • Wed, Jul 20, 2016, 2:04 AM
    Hi Michael
    I'm trying to use this plugin but I'm having some problems. Do I need to configure the progress bar each time I add a new task? I want to include de progress bar as a standard in all the courses.
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