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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  • MD shot of me from his iphone4
    Fri, May 17, 2013, 11:16 AM
    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for sharing this, it installs and works okay even on Moodle 2.5.

    Could you please add a code repository url and relevant issue tracker url.
  • Martin Drlik
    Thu, Oct 3, 2013, 2:49 AM
    Peter Hardie has commented on a plugin you're contributing to :

    Love the potential of this...however all participants grades are viewable to
    all enrolled pupils in a course?
    Am i doing something wrong?


    Hi Peter,

    no, you're not doing anything wrong. It's on purpose that the grades of all of the participants are visible to everybody, because it motivates others. The students with bad grades are motivated to perform better and the students with good grades would know they are doing a good job. Also it motivates them to submit the homeworks in time.

    The eTask course format will be enhanced with other extensions and changes in the future.
  • Picture of Mitchell van Gerwen
    Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 4:49 PM
    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. However, the students are allowed to see each others grades and they can see if the other student have passed or failed the assigment. I agree with you that this could be motivating. The problem is, our laws (I live in Holland / The Netherlands) doesn't allow that other students can see that kind of information. So it is forbidden for us to use this plugin sad
  • Martin Drlik
    Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 5:09 PM
    Hi Mitchell,

    many thanks for your comment. It's good information for me. There will be some changes in the eTask (when I have more time to development). I can add new functionality - settings for the visibility of grafing table for the role of student.

    Good luck and happy new year

  • Picture of Mitchell van Gerwen
    Tue, Dec 31, 2013, 5:26 PM
    Hello Martin,

    Thank you for your quick reaction, I am glad you are willing to add that feature. Happy new year!
  • Picture of jade henry
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014, 2:49 AM
    Has this been updated yet so that other students can't see other students grades?
  • Martin Drlik
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014, 4:10 AM
    Hi, currently each student can see grades of others students.
  • Picture of michell mejia
    Wed, Nov 12, 2014, 11:53 PM
    PLease update the plugin for MOODLE 2.7 thanks
  • Martin Drlik
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 3:21 AM
    New version of Moodle eTask module (course Topics format with eTask) comming soon! It will aslo include settings for "private view" (student can see only own grades). Some new features come. Have a nice day smile
  • Picture of Игорь М
    Wed, Feb 24, 2016, 12:40 PM
    Good afternoon! Is it possible to do for version 2.9?
  • Picture of michell mejia
    Thu, Sep 1, 2016, 1:36 PM
    i have tjis error in thenlast etaks

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected '(int)' (int) (T_INT_CAST) in /home/iecpueb1/public_html/campusvirtual/course/format/etask/format_etask_lib.php on line 179
  • Picture of michell mejia
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016, 6:18 AM
    Ready now is working in 3.1 version but now dont paint the (GREEN,RED AND YELLOW) square when my students send the homework.
  • Picture of Andrew Barrett
    Sun, Jan 15, 2017, 2:33 AM
    Hi there, is this compatible with moodle 3.2?
  • Martin Drlik
    Mon, Jan 16, 2017, 12:06 AM
    Hi, Andrew, it works for Moodle 3.2, but there are some graphic issues. I am programming some incompatible changes for the new version. It will be release tomorrow, it means 16th January. Please, wait and you can download eTask topics format v3.0 tomorrow.
  • Picture of Dinis Medeiros
    Thu, Jan 19, 2017, 6:55 AM
    I get this error when changing topics name:
    inplaceeditableerror: Error calling update processor
    Any help?
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