Resource notification

General plugins (Local) ::: local_resourcenotif
Maintained by Guillaume Allègre
This Moodle plugin allows a teacher to notify course students by internal messaging when a new resource/activity is created or modified into a course.
Latest release:
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Current versions available: 3

This Moodle plugin allows a teacher to notify course students by messaging when a new resource/activity is created or modified into a course.

The notification is activated by an action performed by the teacher.
This new action is shown in a new entry at the end of the Edit dropdown menu, available for each resource or activity, on a course page.

The notification message contains two links by default, one to the resource, and the other to the course.
The Moodle admin can modify this default setting.
The teacher can change the text to send.                                                                                       

The teacher can control who the message is sent to, by default all the users enrolled into the course and allowed to view the resource.
The notification conforms to resource access restrictions such as course groups.

Moodle 3.0 is required.


  • Unpack or `git clone` under `local/`.
  • Install the plugin into Moodle with either by typing `php admin/cli/upgrade.php` (CLI) or by visiting '/admin/index.php' (web).
  • If you want additional translations (for example french), you may want to upgrade your language pack (doc).

This plugin was developped by Silecs and initially sponsored by Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France in 2013.
Additional enhancements and migration to Moodle 3.0 were sponsored by Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), China in 2016, then in 2018 by IFMS Valenciennes (France) for the Boost upgrade.

Portuguese translations are contributed by Dinis Medeiros.

Please use Github Issues to report bugs. See Bug tracker URL below.


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  • Thu, May 25, 2017, 1:41 AM
    I just fixed Javascript lines in the 'lib.php' to be reflecting the Moodle 3.2 html menu elements.
    Guillaume, do You want the patch to publish a 3.2 version of your module?
    Thanks for your work.
  • Mon, Jul 17, 2017, 9:41 AM
    Hi Beniot, can you show us what did you do to lib.php in order to make it compatible in Moodle 3.2? thank before.
  • Fri, Jul 28, 2017, 9:11 AM
    Here, my patch lib.php to be see element in edit menu on theme Boots
    Copy, paste to file lib.php
    * @package local_resourcenotif
    * @copyright 2012-2016 Silecs {@link}
    * @license GNU GPL v3 or later

    function local_resourcenotif_extend_navigation_course() {
    global $OUTPUT, $PAGE;

    $html =''
    . $OUTPUT->pix_icon('t/email', get_string("notifications"), 'moodle', array('class' => 'iconsmall', 'title' => ''))
    . '' . htmlspecialchars(get_string("notifications")) . ''
    . '
    $enc = json_encode($html);

    $PAGE->requires->js_init_code(<< var activities = document.querySelectorAll('div[role="menu"]');
    if (activities) {
    for (var i = 0; i < activities.length; i++) {
    var ul = activities[i];
    var owner = ul.parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.getAttribute('data-owner');
    if (owner) {
    var id = owner.replace(/^#module-/, '');
    ul.insertAdjacentHTML('beforeend', $enc.replace('123XYZ321', id));
    , true);
  • Thu, Aug 3, 2017, 1:57 PM

    Our institution is using the resource notification plugin since the last academic year. It is very welcomed by teachers and students. However, I found the plugin cannot be visible under Boost theme in Moodle 3.3.1. But Boost theme is the core theme in Moodle 3.3. now. Could you fix the problem soon, please?
  • Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 10:50 PM
    Hi, the Arkadiusz solution is good.
    You can try another approach for Moodle 3.3, the offical method to call JS (passed in 3.2, not testes in 3.3) :

    [file lib.php] <?php
    * @package local_resourcenotif
    * @copyright 2012-2016 Silecs {@link}
    * @license GNU GPL v3 or later
    function local_resourcenotif_extend_navigation_course($settingsnav, $context) {
    global $OUTPUT, $PAGE;
    $html = " . "href='" . htmlspecialchars(new moodle_url('/local/resourcenotif/resourcenotif.php', array('id' => '123XYZ321')))."' "
    . "title='" . htmlspecialchars(get_string("notifications")) . "'>"
    . $OUTPUT->pix_icon('t/email', get_string("notifications"), 'moodle', array('class' => 'iconsmall', 'title' => ''))
    . "" . htmlspecialchars(get_string("notifications")) . ""
    . "";
    $PAGE->requires->js_call_amd('local_resourcenotif/script', 'init', array($html));

    [file amd/src/script.js]
    // Put this file in path/to/plugin/amd/src
    // You can call it anything you like
    /* eslint no-unused-vars: "off", max-len: "off", no-tabs:"off"*/
    define(['jquery', 'jqueryui'], function($) {
    return {
    init: function(html) {
    var activities = $('.section-cm-edit-actions div[role="menu"]');
    if (activities) {
    for (var i = 0; i < activities.length; i++) {
    var ul = activities[i];
    var owner = ul.parentNode.parentNode.parentNode.getAttribute('data-owner');
    if(owner) {
    var id = owner.replace(/^#module-/, '');
    ul.innerHTML += html.replace('123XYZ321', id);

    [file amd/build/script.min.js]
    define(["jquery","jqueryui"],function(a){return{init:function(b){var c=a('.section-cm-edit-actions div[role="menu"]');if(c)for(var d=0;d

    Best regards,

  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 7:51 PM
    Hey, would like to apply the patch in Moodle 3.3, but there is no lib.php, should I paste this into lib_resourcenotif.php? By the way I have german language in Moodle. Thanks!!
  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 10:03 PM
    There is a 'lib.php' file in the original Silecs's version (downloadable from this page). The function need to be fixed for Moodle 3.2 (and maybe above).
    cheers. My code is more simple than the original one, and works well on Moodle 3.2.
  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 10:36 PM
    Sorry I don´t understand, I just put a file named lib.php into /local/resourcenotif with the script content above, nothing changed, did I forgot something? thanks tom
  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 11:07 PM
    I don't understand your message. There is already a 'lib.php' in the zip available this page.
    I can't help You more sad
  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 11:50 PM
    now I get it sorry, I always tried with github, thanks a lot!!!
  • Mon, Dec 11, 2017, 11:59 PM
    tried it, not working with 3.3, may have to wait, thanks anyway!
  • Wed, Mar 14, 2018, 5:39 AM
    I've set this up successfully on a Moodle 3.4 site today after a bit of testing - this is an older site still using the "Clean" theme. Version 2016081801of the plugin worked out of the box, although the rendering of the menu item was a few pixels off to the left. This can be fixed by editing lib.php and dropping the "iconsmall" style - deleting the following snippet of code (if anyone is facing the same issue):
    'class' => 'iconsmall',

    It doesn't work with the "Boost" theme, at least on Moodle 3.4, but the newer GitHub fork by Vertmo works with that one (but not with the "Clean" theme - so pick the one you need). It can be cloned from here:

    This is essentially the same version that Benoît posted above on Oct 4, 2017 (there are some minor differences, but the version pasted in the comment above didn't work for me - it seems one line of code is missing).

    Hopefully this will help someone. Ideally, the plugin will be upgraded at some point by the author - it's a very useful one so let's hope! smile
  • Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 7:18 PM
    Hello Benoit,
    I have followed your instructions but still wasn't successful. I am using the Boost theme Fordson, Moodle 3.2.
    Could you please guide me on how to make the resource notification plugin work for our moodle site?

  • Fri, Mar 30, 2018, 4:42 AM
    A new version (3.1.0) is now available, handling both Clean and Boost - and their derivatives.
  • Tue, Jul 10, 2018, 9:26 PM
    A new version (3.1.1) is available for all 3.x Moodle versions, including the latest 3.5.1
    Added a workaround for a moodle bug when redirecting after the recipient clicked on message read.
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