Blocks: Course Contacts Block

block_course_contacts
Maintained by Picture of Mark WardMark Ward, Picture of Richard OelmannRichard Oelmann
The Course Contacts block displays a list of users on your course, various methods for communicating with them, and their current activity status.

Course Contacts Block 3.5.0.2

Release notes

Course contents block
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The Course Contacts block displays a list of users on your course and various
methods for communicating with them.

The block is highly customisable and allows you to choose specific roles which
you wish to display users from. By default the block will show teachers on the
course but this can be changed however you wish.

You can also configure which communication types you wish to show, the block
can provide quick links to Email, Message or Telephone each user.

The block also shows whether the user has been active in the last five minutes.

Changelog
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v3.5.0.1 - Add Privacy API
v3.2 - Add missing capability language strings (thanks SK-Unikent)
Add profile description as a display option
v3.1 - Option to use Alternate name for display instead of truncated full name (Thanks mkpelletier)
- Font sizes of role name and text altered for consistency across other blocks
- Bug fixed to add capability (Thanks savva312)
v3.0 - Minor updates to make the block work on Moodle3: minimal changes not reworked.
- Code Checker edits
v2.0 - Fixed compatibility with MS-SQL.
- The current user will no longer be filtered out of contacts list
although the contact links will not be displayed for them.
- Improved coding, removed custom DB query and made use of html writer.
- Added a simple email form allowing users to email others directly
from Moodle. This can be disabled through site configuration.
- Added option to sort contact cards by recently active or date enrolled.
- Added option to display inherited role assignments.
- Removed dummy pluralisation after role names.
v1.0.1 - cleaned up sql queries, fixed a problem in the stylesheet
v1.0 - first release


Maintainer
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The block has been written and is being maintained by Mark Ward for Burton &
South Derbyshire College (UK).
v3.0/3.1 - Contributions from Richard Oelmann


Many thanks to
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Matthew Cannings of Sandwell.ac.uk for contributing code, suggestions and testing.
Paul Haddad for suggesting intergrated emailing and contact sorting options.
Aaricia Thorgalson for suggesting that users who are contacts should be visible on list.
Simon Hanmer for identifying problem and solution to issues with MSSQL databases.

Contact
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Mark Ward - http://moodle.org/user/profile.php?id=489101
Richard Oelmann - https://moodle.org/user/profile.php?id=480148

License
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Released Under the GNU General Public Licence http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
Moodle 3.5

Version information

Version build number
2018051302
Version release name
3.5.0.2
Maturity
Stable version
MD5 Sum
4173a55ea8f257ffbaa115457f5da94a
Supported software
Moodle 3.5
  • This is the latest release for Moodle 3.5

Version control information

Version control system (VCS)
GIT
VCS repository URL

Default installation instructions for plugins of the type Blocks

  1. Make sure you have all the required versions.
  2. Download and unpack the block folder.
  3. Place the folder (eg "myblock") in the "blocks" subdirectory.
  4. Visit http://yoursite.com/admin to complete the installation
  5. Turn editing on in any home or course page.
  6. Add the block to the page
  7. Visit the config link in the block for more options.