Activities: Subcourse

Maintained by Picture of David MudrákDavid Mudrák
Subcourse behaves as a graded activity. The grade for each student is automatically fetched from a final grade in another course. This allows course designers to organize the learning content into separate units.
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Subcourse is an activity module that represents the final grade obtained in another course. This allows to create "meta-gradebook" in one course, where all final grades from other courses are aggregated.

Grades are fetched automatically or can be fetched manually any time.

The grade type and other grade item settings are copied from the original grade total item and can not be changed.

Subcourse can be automatically marked as a completed when the referenced course is completed.


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  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, Feb 15, 2018, 5:08 PM

    Hi Andreas. Happy to hear you found the plugin useful. What you experience is a result of a bug / missing feature. Subcourse apparently does not call format_string() to display the course name (which would apply filters). It should not be hard to fix. Please report it as the plugin bug or even better submit a pull request smile

  • Picture of Shutiri Yarbe
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018, 4:08 PM
    Hello David,

    First of all, thank you so much for this plugin that we use a lot in our site, in multiple ways.

    Do you have an update on Stefan's question regarding the Subcourse activity to be available in the mobile app?
    We want to use Subcourse now in a scenario for which the mobile app is absolutely necessary.

    I have created an issue in Github for this request.
    Jumping to the referenced course would be my first suggestion.
    Would you have any other option in mind?

    Best regards,

  • Picture of Dmitriy Makarov
    Wed, Feb 28, 2018, 8:50 PM
    Hi David! Unfortunately did not follow the discussion. I meant that sometimes we need to unload an assessment for a specific task or test, and not the final grade for the entire course. This function would increase the capabilities of this plugin.
  • Picture of Tim Hillier
    Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 1:12 AM
    Hello David.
    I have tried to use the subcourse activity and everything seems perfect except for completion tracking. The grade comes back as 100 but the check box is still not checked for completion. Any ideas on what I can look at for this?

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Wed, Mar 28, 2018, 5:04 AM

    Hi Tim. Are you referring to completion based on grade or completion based on completing the referenced course? See issues #15 and #16 in the plugin's bug tracker for details and comment there eventually. Thanks.

  • Picture of Tim Hillier
    Thu, Mar 29, 2018, 2:32 AM
    Thank you David. the problem was mine. I did not have course completion set properly, just activity completion. Thank you for getting back to me.
    As we primarily use scorm packages that send completion versus a mark is there a way to hide the grades from the student to only show completion in the check box?
  • Picture of Dmitry Gorsky
    Mon, May 7, 2018, 5:50 PM
    Hello David! Is it possible to automatically enroll students to all sub-courses?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, May 7, 2018, 6:57 PM

    Subcourse does not (and will not) deal with actual enrolment. There are other ways how to achieve it, for example via

  • Picture of scott hallman
    Tue, May 8, 2018, 9:45 AM
    Hi David
    great plug in. Since the overview report page in moodle is all jumbled this bring a nice solution to mapping progress in over 200 courses over 5 years. I'm sure you have been asked this before. But it would seem to make more sense to have not just a link to the course the grades are coming from but rather the grader report itself. thus allowing for the drilling down of grade to see how the students got their final marks. Could an additional link be added so they can go to course and go to course grades. For students it would redirect them to the user report and for the staff to grader report of that course?
    Many thanks Scott
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Thu, Jun 21, 2018, 10:25 PM

    Any update to Moodle 3.5?

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 4:49 AM

    Yes I plan to formally update it asap. Meanwhile, the current 3.4 version should just work well.

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 4:54 AM
    Great news
  • Picture of Aaron Johnson
    Wed, Jul 4, 2018, 10:27 PM
    Hi David,

    I too was wondering about being able to go back to the parent course from the Subcourse. I understand about not being able to link back from the Subcourse. Perhaps it would be enough if when clicking on the link, the Subcourse was opened in a new window instead of the current one. Maybe that is a feature/option you could add, similar to the URL "Appearance" setting block.

  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, Jul 5, 2018, 5:55 PM

    That could be added as a feature. Please suggest it in the plugin's issues tracker. As far as I understood it, the recent best practise was to avoid doing these things on behlf of the user though. It was argued that users themselves should control how they open the link (same tab, new tab, new window etc).

  • Picture of scott hallman
    Tue, Sep 11, 2018, 6:57 AM
    Hi David
    we see to have found a bug in that when the courses final grade is hidden it still comes through in the subcourse link. I have reported to github but can't upload pictures for some reason.
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