Learning Tools

General plugins (Local) ::: local_learningtools
Maintained by Stefan Scholz
Create bookmarks, take notes, schedule activities and focus mode for better learning experiences … and much more!
Latest release:
115 sites
24 fans
Current versions available: 2


This plugin was built to help students to improve the user experience of students "working"/"learning" in moodle by providing tools that users are used to from modern platforms.

This release introduces two tools:

  • Bookmarks — bookmark pages in moodle, e.g. courses or activities
  • Notes — take notes for the current page
  • Focus — hide everything except for the content
  • Schedule — add calendar entries for activities to „learn them later“

How to use

After the plugin is installed, no further configuration is required. Learning tools is very simple and intuitive. Every tool is available from the floating button in the bottom right corner. Students can click on the floating button and either bookmark the current page, create a note for the current page or create calendar entry for the current page. This will happen on a modal. The modal also shows existing notes. It is possible to pop-out the modal to take notes side-by-side with the content.

Try it out now

We've created a test site which you can use to test learning tools: https://labs.bdecent.de/

Do you like Learning Tools?

Please click the "Add to my favorite" button, if you like Learning Tools! It means a lot to us!  

We would also love to get your feedback:

.... or just say hi in our chat at https://chat.bdecent.de 

Thank you!

Potential privacy issues

The user can save bookmarks and take notes; depending on the configuration of the roles on the site, teachers and managers can see those.


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  • Wed, Mar 9, 2022, 9:51 PM
    That’s great! If you want, translate all strings and you’ll get the pro version for free.

    We do not add the links to notes and bookmarks automatically to the user menu, but we have added instructions how to do it in the global settings. Essentially, you just need to copy and paste the following into the „customusermenuitems“:


    Hope this helps!
  • Thu, Mar 10, 2022, 2:41 AM
    Thank you Stefan, that would be great. I'm working on it smile
  • Thu, Mar 10, 2022, 3:24 AM
    Sure thing! Please send me a direct message when you’re finished 👍
  • Tue, Apr 12, 2022, 9:24 PM
    Hi is there a danish version? and any ideas of why the focused mode dosen't seem to do anything to our test-site? Something specific which needs to be enabled?

    - Kenneth
  • Tue, Apr 12, 2022, 10:13 PM
    Hi Kenneth,

    You can see the available translations here:

    Dutch is not yet available. If you can provide a full translation, you’ll get a free pro license as a thank you.

    Focus Mode depends on the theme, because your theme might use different classes and styles.

    Best to test with boost, but you can easily adjust the styles in learning tools‘s settings page.

  • Tue, Apr 12, 2022, 11:58 PM
    Hi Stefan,
    Thank you so much, for replying. Will try it out.

    - Happy Easter
  • Sat, Apr 16, 2022, 2:24 AM
    Stefan, we're don't get the button in the lower corner to use it. Do you know if there are any issues with any themes? Specifically, we're using Bandeau, which is a Boost theme.
  • Sat, Apr 16, 2022, 3:08 AM
    Hi Larry,

    Ive installed your theme on one of our test sites and it seems to work just fine.

    Here are the most common problems:
    1) Java Script errors - please check if your moodle site has any issues with JavaScript; these could prevent learning tools from working properly.
    2) A wrong configuration; learning tools can be configured to display everywhere, or just on specific course categories. Maybe that’s the problem?
    3) a theme (or third party plugin) which conflicts with learning tools; in order to test that, disable them one at a time to see which one may cause the problems.

    Feel free to reach out to me directly via chat.bdecent.de and I can help finding the issue.

    Hope this helps!
  • Sun, Apr 24, 2022, 5:21 PM
    this looks great! can it work also with edumy theme?
  • Sun, Apr 24, 2022, 5:30 PM
    Hi Yeara,

    I don’t know, give it a try and let us know if you run into any issues. Since edumy is a paid theme, best to contact the vendor if you run into issues.

  • Tue, Apr 26, 2022, 3:35 AM
    Hello Stefan,

    I have installed the fantastic Learning Tools on our Moodle site. However the focus button does not seem to work. Is there any differences to the focus tool with Learning Tools pro?

    - Kenneth
  • Tue, Apr 26, 2022, 3:51 AM
    Hi Kenneth,

    The focus tool is the same in free and pro.
    It’s technically speaking a very simple (but powerful) tool: when focus mode is enabled, a number of css styles are applied to the site. If you’re not using the default theme of moodle (boost), you might need to adjust these styles. It’s easy to do and can be done directly in the global settings, just adjust the css to your theme.

    Very happy to hear that you like learning tools! We’ve got some amazing additions planned, so stay tuned!

    Hope this helps!
  • Thu, Apr 28, 2022, 2:14 PM
    Hi Stefan,
    Thank you much for feedback. I would love to stay tuned for more. In the meantime, I have encountered a problem. I receive an error message, when trying to access the Moodle User as admin. My provider says, when Learning Tools is set to be active on a specific category. This happens. So in our case, we had to hide all the functions or deactivate. Because we have not yet implemented the Tool to staff and students. Maybe you could look into that problem?

    - Kenneth
  • Thu, Apr 28, 2022, 2:25 PM
    Hi Kenneth,

    Sorry to hear that you have issues. This section is not the right place though for bug reports and without more detail, there’s not much we can do.

    Please send me the exact error message, how to reproduce it and the moodle version you use, the theme you use and the learning tools version you use via email or open a GitHub issue for it (later is preferred and the usual approach).

    Since you are the first to report such an issue, and it never occurred during our testing, it’s likely that it is something specific to you installation. Maybe a conflict with another plugin. The error message often provides hints to the specific cause, if it does not, you might need to turn on debugging to get the full error message.

  • Thu, Apr 28, 2022, 11:19 PM
    Hi Stefan,
    Sorry to bug you. I would like to send my screenshots. I'll try GitHub...

    Another question... Will it be possible to use this nice tool with the Moodle App?

    Kind regards
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