Learning map

Activities ::: mod_learningmap
Maintained by Mebis Lernplattform
A learning map provides an easy way of improving the visualization of activities and their completion state in a moodle course. It can be used for easy creation of dependent activities and individualization of learning paths.
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Learning maps

A learning map provides an easy way of improving the visualization of activities in a moodle course. Activities are represented as places (i.e. dots) on the map, connected by paths (i.e. lines). Activities and paths are initially invisible. Every time an activity attached to a place is completed, the place changes its color (e.g. from red to green) and all connected paths and places are gradually revealed.

Use of learning maps

Learning maps can be used in many ways. They can include all activities of a course or only parts of it. They can also be nested to have different map levels (e.g. one big map for a complete school year, containing smaller maps for each topic). Usually the activities shown in the map are hidden but available for the participants. By this means, the learning map can provide an easy way of creating a path of dependent activities without the necessity of using moodle access restrictions. Learning maps can be embedded on the course page (like a label) or shown on a separate page (like a page). You can include any activity with any type of activity completion in a learning map.

Start and completion

On a learning map you can define visible starting places. The first place you put on the map is a starting place by default. You can also define places as target places. They can be used for automatic completion of the map in three different ways: 1. The map is completed if one target place is reached (i.e. the linked activity is completed), 2. all target places are reached, 3. all places are reached. This is very convenient when using nested maps. As a consequence, learning maps can also be used to replace parts of the function of mod_checklist.


As a background image, you can use any image which can be viewed in a web browser (e.g. JPG, PNG, GIF, SVG). The map is resized to the size of the image and fully responsive. You can change the color of places (different colors for visited / unvisited places) and the lines of places and paths. Target places are highlighted for the participants. If necessary, you can also hide the paths or show a checkmark at visited places. The map is always updated when the completion state of a linked activity changes. If the learning map is embedded on a course page and manual completion of a linked activity is triggered, a page reload is forced to keep the map status correct. If an activity has additional restrictions (e.g. visible only after a certain date), learning map will display it only if these restrictions are fulfilled.

The plugin also supports group mode. When it is selected, it is sufficient for a place to be shown, that one member of the group has completed the previous place.

Further features (available at the advanced settings menu in the editor) include

  • showing the whole map in advance (unreachable places and paths being dimmed)
  • showing the acitivity titles next to places
  • uncovering the map step-by-step, unreachable places being hidden behind some kind of fog
  • showing the path the participant took through the map
  • hiding paths from the students (the dependencies built by the paths remain functional)
  • pulse animation for unvisited places
  • hover animation for places
  • hiding the stroke of places
  • displaying a checkmark at completed places

Use of the editor

Using the editor is very easy:

  1. Choose your background image - it will be immediately shown in the map editor
  2. Add places (double click on the map)
  3. Link places to activities (right click on the place)
  4. Connect places by a (single) click on both places
  5. Remove paths / places by double-clicking them
  6. Bend paths by dragging them

If a place is not linked to an activity it is shown with reduced opacity.

The editor has basic touch support (single tap = click, double tap = double click, long tap = right click).


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  • Stefan Hanauska
    Mon, Nov 14, 2022, 6:38 PM
    Hi Maimouna,

    version 0.8.2 now fixes the compatibility problem. The plugin should now work in version 3.9 and 3.10.

    Best regards
  • Sandra Janisch
    Wed, Nov 16, 2022, 4:27 PM
    Hello Stefan!
    This is a really great PlugIn. Would it be possible to provide maps or images directly in the plugin?
    Best regards
  • Stefan Hanauska
    Thu, Nov 17, 2022, 5:58 PM
    Hi Sandra,
    thanks a lot for your positive feedback!
    We decided not to include images directly in the plugin as there is the repository plugin type to handle that already. Maybe you could use Pixabay repository or something similar - it integrates well with mod_learningmap.
    Best regards
  • Brian Evans
    Tue, Jan 10, 2023, 7:25 PM

    Vielen Dank für dieses Plugin! Es ist echt Toll, und meine Schüler genießen es wirklich.

    Danke für die tolle Arbeit,
  • Eduardo Marques Duarte
    Thu, Sep 14, 2023, 3:14 AM

    We are using this plugin and really like its usability in the browser. But, we would really like to be able to use it on the APP. Can you guide us, as we are identifying incompatibility when opening the Map.

    We await news.
  • Gube engen
    Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 6:21 PM
    Hello, is there any way of resizing the circle? it is set to 10 I edit css using r: 10; but it doesn't make any difference... Thanks
  • Joline Vergauwen
    Mon, Apr 22, 2024, 9:59 PM
    Hello developers

    We noticed this plug-in because it can visually provide a clear overview of the learning path in our courses.
    However, we want to offer an accessibly learning environment and a visually impaired or blind student should not be excluded if we were to work with this plug-in.
    Have there been any further developments to make the plug-in accessible? (keyboard navigation, screen readers,...)

    Best regards
    Joline Vergauwen
  • Philipp Memmel
    Thu, Apr 25, 2024, 8:38 PM

    thank you for your comment. There already is an issue for integrating proper keyboard navigation, see https://github.com/mebis-lp/mod_learningmap/issues/31. However, we have not had the resources yet to target this issue. If you find more (accessibility related) issues, feel free to raise an issue directly on github. If you have developing skills or can provide developer resources, we will be happy to review and integrate pull requests which improve the accessibility of this plugin.

    Philipp Memmel
  • David Pasadas
    Tue, May 7, 2024, 9:59 PM

    Thank you for the great plugin.

    I have a problem. How can I hide the activities on the course page while having them displayed on the map ?
  • Philipp Memmel
    Tue, May 7, 2024, 10:04 PM
    Have you tried using the stealth mode on the activities (needs to be enabled by the administrator of your moodle instance). You then can set the visibility of your activities to "Available, but hidden on course page", but still can link the activity from inside the learningmap.
  • David Pasadas
    Tue, May 7, 2024, 10:06 PM
    thx a lot
  • David Pasadas
    Wed, May 8, 2024, 12:20 AM
    Is there a way to make the points ( for the activities ) on the map bigger ?
  • Philipp Memmel
    Wed, May 8, 2024, 12:36 PM
    Hi, that's currently not possible. But there are some issues adressing the look of the places. Maybe you want to have a look at the issue tracker on github.
  • David Pasadas
    Wed, May 8, 2024, 6:10 PM
    thx for the suggestion. Have a great day
  • Ольга Федорова
    Thu, May 16, 2024, 8:03 PM
    Hello! When trying to edit the settings of the Learning Map in Moodle 4.3, an error appears: "

    Incorrect course module ID

    Learn more about this error


    More detailed: https://docs.moodle.org/403/en/error/moodle/invalidcoursemodule
    Jump to:navigation, search

    The ID for the course module is invalid. Please contact the site admin.

    For some unknown reason, this happens sometimes when deleting a user. Clicking the back button of the browser and deleting the user again, makes the deleting process continue and delete the user.

    It can also happen when "Legacy course files" is enabled. Disabling this can solve the issue.

    I checked the repository with outdated course files, it is disabled. I tried it on a new course with newly created several classes and the problem is similar.
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