Activities: Journal

Maintained by Picture of Cosmin HERMANCosmin HERMAN, Picture of Adrian SarmasAdrian Sarmas, Picture of Ovidiu MorariuOvidiu Morariu, Picture of Paul NeagPaul Neag
This module allows a teacher to ask students to reflect on a particular topic. The students can edit and refine their answer over time.
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This module allows a teacher to ask students to reflect on a particular topic. The students can edit and refine their answer over time.


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  • Picture of Paul Martin
    Fri, Aug 2, 2019, 9:31 PM
    I am running Moodle v3.6. Should I pull the master branch or the MOODLE_36_STABLE branch? If I'm supposed to pull master, can you explain why the MOODLE_36_STABLE branch exists? I only ask because I've been running the MOODLE_36_STABLE branch, and Moodle is telling me that there's still an update.
  • Picture of Wade Noneya
    Fri, Oct 4, 2019, 3:31 AM
    This seems like something I need, but we'd want each student to be able to be prompted after curriculum materials to make entries to a journal or notebook for themselves, to add to and reference throughout the course. But we wouldn't want students seeing each others notes, only their own. Is this doable with this plugin?
  • Picture of Nicolas Dalpe
    Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 6:21 AM
    Hi, thank you for this great plugin. We would like to propose a few modification and know if you would be interested to make some of them into the plugin. We can help with the development.

    1 - Bring all presentation layer into a renderer+mustache tpl. So theme developer can modify the plugin's appearance if they want to.

    2 - Add a completion status "Student must submit an entry to complete it". This way, the student would see the journal entry as completed so it doesn't require it's attention anymore.

    3 - Add an option to prevent the student to edit a graded entry. Could be triggered on/off at the entry level.

    4 - Student can manually mark an entry as "ready to be graded". So teacher know when to grade an entry.

    What do you guys think? Anything you would want to add to your plugin?

    Any suggestion/enhancement are welcome

    Looking forward to reading your input

    Thank you
  • Picture of Adrian Sarmas
    Wed, Nov 6, 2019, 3:24 PM
    @Nicolas Dalpe Any contributions are welcome. You could anytime open a pull request at
  • Picture of Blair F.
    Tue, Nov 19, 2019, 7:09 AM
    This activity is not compatible with the Moodle Mobile app, is that correct?
  • Picture of Fernanda R.
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 12:54 AM
    Hi, is this compatible to Moodle 3.8? I saw there in versions only until 3.7 but mayyyyybe someone forgot to update there... I don't know... what happens if I try to install this in 3.8? Defects? Does not work?
  • Picture of Fernanda R.
    Fri, Feb 7, 2020, 12:58 AM
    If not compatible does anyone know any other plugin that is compatible with 3.8, safe and similar to this (mod_journal) and we could use to replace this functionality?
  • Picture of Adrian Sarmas
    Sat, Feb 8, 2020, 5:16 AM
    We upgraded it now for Moodle 3.8
  • Picture of Amanda Doughty
    Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 8:30 PM
    I am gettint the following error on the index.php page:
    Before calling format_text(), the content must be processed with file_rewrite_pluginfile_urls()
    line 1347 of /lib/weblib.php: call to debugging()
    line 114 of /mod/journal/index.php: call to format_text()
  • Picture of Amanda Doughty
    Thu, Mar 5, 2020, 8:48 PM

    Added index.php line#114:

    $description = file_rewrite_pluginfile_urls($journal->intro, 'pluginfile.php', $context->id, 'mod_journal', 'intro', null);
  • Picture of Dave Foord
    Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 10:44 PM
    Firstly, thanks to the developers for this plugin, which I think is excellent, however I have spotted what I think is a bug. If a tutor goes into a journal activity to provide feedback and a grade to posts - if they reply to some of the posts but not all - as well as the emails going to the people whose work has been graded, it also sends an email to the people have posted but their work hasn't yet been graded. Could this be changed so that the emails only go to the items that have genuinely received feedback. For reference we are on Moodle Moodle 3.6.6+ (Build: 20191022) and have just updated to the latest version of this plugin. We are using scales for the grades. Thanks in advance.
  • Picture of Simon Davies
    Wed, Jul 8, 2020, 4:19 PM
    Hi - great plugin for formative assessment! Loving it so far. Can I suggest adding a simple interface for drag and drop file attachments? Ie it is possible to create a link in the journal text and for the student to upload a fie, but it would be be far more user friendly if they didn't have to use this method.
  • Picture of Stephen Wallace
    Sun, Aug 9, 2020, 3:41 AM
    Is this plugin getting any updates or fixes? I don't see much happening with it but it seems to have great potential for certain use cases. We are hoping to use it.
  • Picture of I V
    Mon, Aug 24, 2020, 7:43 PM
    Would Journal plugin work with Moodle3.9 and if not, is there a plan to introduce any v3.9 supported updates?
  • Picture of Andy Cole
    Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 11:56 PM
    Ditto earlier ask; is there a plan to update for Moodle 3.9? Keen to upgrade our sites that make use of Journal to 3.9 a.s.a.p!
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