Activities: Aspire resource list

Maintained by Picture of Tony ButlerTony Butler, Picture of Ruslan KabalinRuslan Kabalin
The Aspire resource list module enables a teacher to include a selection of resources from associated Talis Aspire resource lists directly within the content of their course. Please note that this plugin depends on a paid subscription to the Talis Aspire reading lists service (

Aspire resource list 2.9.6 (Build: 20161219)

Release notes

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author Tony Butler

Aspire resource list module for Moodle

The Aspire resource list module enables a teacher to include a selection of
resources from associated Talis Aspire resource lists directly within the
content of their course.

The resource list can be displayed either in a separate, linked page, or
embedded in the course page itself (hidden initially, with a link to toggle

The development of this module was based on previous work by the University of
Sussex and Falmouth Exeter Plus (on behalf of Falmouth University).


2016-12-19 v2.9.6

* Include all valid node types in knowledge group options
* Enable per list knowledge group config via custom table
* Use $CFG->prefix as default for custom database table
* Set cURL timeout option to 30 seconds

2016-05-25 v2.9.5

* Suppress DOMDocument 'invalid tags' debug messages
* Address coding style issues highlighted by Moodle code checker tool
* Remove support for deprecated 'groupmembersonly' feature
* Add @author tag to all docblocks (and update copyright)
* Add HTTPS alias config setting and improve URL cleaning
* Replace module icon with a correctly sized version
* Verify compatibility with Moodle 3.1 core code

2015-12-10 v2.9.4/2.7.8

* Add option to include author data for items in module config form

2015-09-28 v2.9.3/2.7.7/2.6.8

* Fix buggy link for TADC digitised resources and reinstate button

2015-09-23 v2.6.7

* Bug fix to reflect change in list structure by Talis (GitHub issue #3)

2015-09-23 v2.9.2/2.7.6/2.6.7

* Fix pattern matching where capturing groups are specified in regex

2015-09-21 v2.7.5/2.6.6

* Don't render 'Online resource' button for TADC digitised resources

2015-09-15 v2.9.1/2.7.4

* Bug fix to reflect change in list structure by Talis (GitHub issue #3)

2015-05-21 v2.9.0

* Add support for using course shortname as an Aspire code/year source
* Don't render 'Online resource' button for TADC digitised resources
* Enable views of lists displayed inline to trigger log events
* Allow automatic completion on view to be used with inline display
* Replace add_intro_editor with standard_intro_elements for Moodle 2.9

2015-01-21 v2.7.3/2.6.5/2.5.5

* Implement Moodle Universal Cache support for caching of resource list data

2014-10-30 v2.7.2/2.6.4/2.5.4

* Animate showing/hiding of lists and use arrow icon to indicate visibility
* Add option to include Aspire codes from meta linked child courses
* Fix styles for config form display on mobile devices
* Display individual lists in separate collapsible fieldsets in config form
* Add support for multiple Aspire code matches in idnumber string
* Fix HTML rendering for single-item sections

2014-08-03 v2.7.1/2.6.3/2.5.3

* Add admin config setting for default list display mode
* Support loose resource items not contained within a list section
* Update styles to work better with both Bootstrap and standard themes
* Use ID number as fallback code source if no code found in custom table


Installing from the Git repository (recommended if you installed Moodle from

Follow the instructions at,
e.g. for the Moodle 3.1.x code:
$ cd /path/to/your/moodle/
$ cd mod/
$ git clone aspirelist
$ cd aspirelist/
$ git checkout -b MOODLE_31_STABLE origin/MOODLE_31_STABLE
$ git branch -d master
$ cd /path/to/your/moodle/
$ echo /mod/aspirelist/ >> .git/info/exclude

Installing from a zip archive downloaded from

1. Download and unzip the appropriate release for your version of Moodle.
2. Place the extracted "aspirelist" folder in your "/mod/" subdirectory.

Whichever method you use to get the module code in place, the final step is to
visit your Site Administration > Notifications page in a browser to invoke the
installation script and make the necessary database changes.

Updating Moodle
If you installed Moodle and the Aspire resource list module from Git you can
run the following commands to update both (see
$ cd /path/to/your/moodle/
$ git pull
$ cd mod/aspirelist/
$ git pull

If you installed from a zip archive you will need to repeat the installation
procedure using the appropriate zip file downloaded from for your
new Moodle version.
Moodle 2.9, 3.0, 3.1

Version information

Version build number
Version release name
2.9.6 (Build: 20161219)
Can be updated from
2.6.0, 2.5.0, 2.5.1, 2.6.1, 2.5.2, 2.6.2, 2.7.0, 2.5.3, 2.6.3, 2.7.1, 2.7.2, 2.6.4, 2.5.4, 2.5.5 (2015012100), 2.6.5, 2.7.3, 2.9.0 (Build: 20150521), 2.7.4 (Build: 20150915), 2.9.1 (Build: 20150915), 2.6.6, 2.7.5 (Build: 20150921), 2.6.7, 2.7.6 (Build: 20150923), 2.9.2 (Build: 20150923), 2.6.8 (2015012104), 2.7.7 (Build: 20150928), 2.9.3 (Build: 20150928), 2.7.8 (Build: 20151210) (2015012107), 2.9.4 (Build: 20151210), 2.9.5 (Build: 20160525)
Can be updated to
3.2.0 (Build: 20161219) (2016121900)
Stable version
MD5 Sum
Supported software
Moodle 2.9, Moodle 3.0, Moodle 3.1
  • This is the latest release for Moodle 2.9
  • This is the latest release for Moodle 3.0
  • This is the latest release for Moodle 3.1

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
VCS repository URL
VCS branch
VCS tag

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Activities

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the module.
  3. Place the folder (eg "assignment") in the "mod" subdirectory.
  4. Visit to finish the installation