Course formats: eTask topics format

Maintained by Martin DrlikMartin Drlik
eTask topics format is based on the topics format and includes grading table (above or below the course sections) with aditional functionality such as a highlighting of grading values, grade to pass settings, motivational progress charts and much more.
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Make it easy! With eTask topics format – available for
Moodle 2.9-3.8

Grading table placed above or below of the course, highlighting grading values, easy set up of grade to pass, motivational progress bars, groups support, pagination and more ... this is eTask topics format – powerful and easy to use!

Motivates your students even more! Activity popover provides progress bars of completed and passed activities.

Students can see progress of completed activities as well as passed. Private mode is back in a play! No private data like grades of other students – motivationalprogress bars only. Progress bars are calculated by default.

Due date in popover shows expected completion date if due date is missing.

Privacy? No problem! Set up private view in eTask settings and display real data in progress bars even if only one student is shown.

By default, private view is disabled. If you enable it, students can see only their own grades, othervise they see grades of all students in the course or in the course group. Be careful and set this private view before using this course format in a course!

Grade to pass – the simplest way to set up.

Set up grade to pass simply – in a course editing mode you canopen activity modal, set grade to pass and save – thats it!

It is possible to use user defined scales. It is necessary to define scales ascending (from the worst to the best value), e.g. No, Yes or F, D, C, B, A!

Activity completion – so powerful tool!

Activity completion is enabled by default in Moodle 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7 and 3.8. You can manage Activity completion in each of the course activity.

In Moodle 3.1 and 3.2 Enable completion tracking in Course setting and you can manageActivity completion as well.

Moodle 2.9 and 3.0 has disabled activity completion by default. Go to Site administration -> Advanced features and Enable completion tracking. Then Enable completion tracking in Course setting as well. You can manage Activity completion now.

Activity completion allows you to define two basic rules – students can manually mark the activity as completed or you can show activity as completed when conditions are met, e.g. student must view this activity to complete it, student must receive a grade to complete this activity or student mustsubmit to this activity to complete it. Expect completed on date is available – this date is shown in activity popover as due date if you enable it.

Switch role to ... strictly defined permissions and GDPR ready!

Teacher (includes manager and course creator roles) can edit activities by clicking on activity headers. Grade to pass setting is available. Links from activity headers goes to activity editation. Links from grade table cells goes to activity grading. Filtering by groups is available as well as pagination.

Non-editing teacher can click only on activity header. Links goes to activity detail. Filtering by groups is available as well as pagination.

Student can click only on activity headers. Links goes to activity detail. Pagination is available. If student is part of defined group, only students from the same group are shown in the eTask table.

You can change this permissions in Course administration-> Users -> Permissions.

Better customization with new features – activities sorting and grading table placement.

For better customization the most of the plugin configurations were moved to the course format settings. eTask topics format is more usable than ever before!

Is the sorting of activities by the latest uncomfortable for you? Never mind! New ability to sort activitiesis here– by the latest, by the oldest or as they are in the course.

Do you want to the content of the course first? Now you can choose the placement of the eTask above or below the course sections.

Still not enough? Try it and let me know – we can improve it together!

You can edit course format settings by Edit settingsin the course. There are five configurable fields: eTask private view, eTask progress bars, eTask students per page, eTask activities sorting and eTask placement.

Do you have some idea to improve eTask topics format? Contact me! Write comment below or private Moodle message. Do you find some bug? Write comment as well or Create issue!

If more information needed, go to Versions, choose your Moodle version and click learn more.

And ... why am I doing it? For us – teachers and students!

Thanks so much Martin – you're a champion. This course format is an absolute favourite of our instructors and students.
— Steve
Hello Martin, I'd love to use this plugin. Because it is easy to see for a student if they have passed or failed an assignment and they can see if the assignment is submitted or not.
— Mitchell
Love the potential of this.
— Peter
Hi Martin, handy pluggin.
— Luke
Dear Martin. Thanks a lot. You are the best. Everything is fine and I'm really thankful to you.
— Tom
Thanks again for your amazing module and work.
— Antonio

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Quick and easy – installation

  1. Download the files as a ZIP archive,
  2. extract the files to the folder named etask,
  3. copy the etask folder to course/format/ in your Moodle installation,
  4. login to the administration and run the installation,
  5. optionally update the settings of this module and
  6. set course format to eTask topics format.


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  • Martin Drlik
    Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 1:12 AM
    Hi, Dinis, i fixed this issue. Please, download last version of eTask 3.0 (Build: 2017011900). Thank you for bug report smile
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Fri, Jan 20, 2017, 2:29 AM
    Thanks. Working OK.
  • Picture of Steve Towson
    Tue, Apr 18, 2017, 6:26 AM
    Hi .... on moodle 3.0, I have the following errors:

    Warning: krsort() expects parameter 1 to be array, boolean given in /var/www/html/course/format/etask/format.php on line 89

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/html/course/format/etask/format.php on line 91

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/html/course/format/etask/renderer.php on line 304

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/html/course/format/etask/renderer.php on line 311

    Warning: Invalid argument supplied for foreach() in /var/www/html/course/format/etask/renderer.php on line 331

    Fatal error: Call to undefined method format_etask::inplace_editable_render_section_name() in /var/www/html/course/format/etask/renderer.php on line 405

    Can you advise please?
  • Martin Drlik
    Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 2:55 AM
    @Steve Towson, fixed in all available versions, see Versions section to download latest version for Moodle 3.0
  • Picture of Steve Towson
    Wed, Apr 19, 2017, 6:55 AM
    @Martin Drlik, thank you, that's done the trick!
  • Picture of Steve Towson
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017, 12:15 PM
    @Martin Drlik - is there anyway to show the e-task stuff at the bottom of the course instead of the top? And to have it filtered by group? Cheers.
  • Picture of Nadine GIBAUD
    Wed, Apr 26, 2017, 11:48 PM
    With a Moodle 3.2.2+, nothing is shown after I selected the course format. Did I forget something ?
  • Martin Drlik
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017, 2:55 AM
    @Didier I need more information, send me screenshot and also go to Site Administration -> Development -> Debugging and choose Debug Messages: ALL, try to go to the course with eTask and copy error messages if appear smile

    @Steve I send you private message to the Moodle account, pls, send me reply, thx smile
  • Picture of Nadine GIBAUD
    Thu, Apr 27, 2017, 3:01 PM
    As I also am developping some plugins, the debug messages at a developper level are actually activated and no error messages are displayed. So I don't know how to send you a hardcopy by email of our Moodle with the eTask block showing that there is nothing displayed the legend. This comment don't accept pasting image.
  • Martin Drlik
    Wed, May 3, 2017, 3:02 AM
    @all all known issues fixed, todo list with improvements of eTask prepared smile
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Mon, May 15, 2017, 6:23 AM
    Undefined property: stdClass::$eTask in /home/pm1yedpj/public_html/moodle/course/format/etask/renderer.php on line 513
    Debbug active. Plugin Version 3.2.2. Moodle 3.2.3
  • Martin Drlik
    Mon, May 15, 2017, 7:23 AM
    @Dinis, you are right, there is this notice, i will fix it tomorrow, thx
  • Martin Drlik
    Tue, May 16, 2017, 3:47 AM
    @Dinis, reported notice is fixed in all available versions
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Wed, May 17, 2017, 4:18 AM
  • Picture of Luke Wilson
    Fri, Jun 16, 2017, 7:28 AM
    Hi Martin, handy pluggin, is there anyway I can show a 'Resource' such as a URL or Label? I want to show it in the eTask Progress bar as complete/incomplete based on whether the activity conditions have been met (i.e. Show activity as complete when conditions are met - Require view, Student must view this activity to complete it).

    Thanks in advance for your help.
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