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Blocks: Course overview on campus

Maintained by Picture of Alexander Bias Alexander Bias
Moodle block which provides all functionality of block_course_overview, provides additional filters (course category, course term and course teachers) to be used on university campuses as well as the possibility to hide courses and course news from the course list.

After installing block_course_overview_campus with its default settings and adding it to your frontpage, it behaves like block_course_overview from moodle core. Additionally, news from your courses can be folded and unfolded and courses can be hidden from the course list.

To make use of the advanced features of the block, please visit Plugins -> Blocks -> Course overview on campus. There, you are able to activate filters for course category, course term and course teachers. Course terms can be configured according to your campus course of the year and campus terminology. Additionally, you can enable the displaying of some course meta information in the course list.

See README file for details




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  • Picture of tong adam
    Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 2:15 PM
    can't install in Moodle 2.6, there is error...when will it update to moodle 2.6? many thanks!
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Mon, Dec 2, 2013, 2:50 PM
    Dear Tong,

    others have reported that the plugin works on Moodle 2.6. What error do you get?

    I will work on the plugin's official support for Moodle 2.6 in january. It won't happen earlier as the plugin depends on our university's Moodle release cycle and we will wait vor 2.6.1 until we use it.

  • Picture of Rhys Froggatt
    Sun, Dec 15, 2013, 7:29 PM
    Hi Alex

    Just to say I love this block, please continue to develop! There is an issue with it in the latest version of 2.6 where it gives an "error reading database" message. I've tried playing with it on both a dev server (linux base) and a production server (windows) but get the same message every time. the only slight issue is that it does cause the sites to crash unless you have a breadcrumb that allows you to get back to the plugins manager to remove it, then the site comes back.

    I hope you can solve this.

  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Mon, Dec 16, 2013, 4:34 PM
    Dear Rhys,

    thank you for your feedback. There seems to be an issue with this block on Moodle 2.6 and I am very sorry that you are not able to use the block on 2.6 currently. There are already discussions on which point to the same problem as you did.

    I won't be able to fix this before christmas, but I will dive into it just at the beginning of january.

  • Picture of doug hinkle
    Wed, Jan 1, 2014, 1:21 AM
    Alex, how do I set this up so that it displays in the content section of My Moodle and/or the front page? I installed it but there are only options for left, right and footer.
  • Picture of Thelma Polanco-Perez
    Thu, Jan 9, 2014, 5:55 AM
    Hi Alex,
    Thanks for working in this block, we love it! I just have one question for you. I installed the latest Build: 2013090302 on my Linux postgres Moodle 2.5+ test server, everything works perfect, except when I tried to setup the block to show the teacher's name in the second row ( checked the teacher's role and also the coursecontact to make sure they were selected). This is the error I got:

    Notice: Undefined variable: teachernames in /var/moodle_www/html/blocks/course_overview_campus/block_course_overview_campus.php on line 931

    Any ideas?
  • Picture of Andy Byers
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 12:13 AM
    Is there a way that I can filter what items display under a module? For example, Turnitin Basic shows that assignments have not been submitted even when they have, it'd be useful if I can tell the block not to display info.
  • Picture of Paul Bennett
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014, 3:29 AM
    Hi Alex,
    I am testing this in 2.6. In our implementation this addon seems to duplicate the Enrolled Courses block. Is there something we may have overlooked? Thank you!
  • Picture of Brian McCann
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 1:43 AM
    Has anyone got this to work in Moodle 2.6? We were waiting for this to be updated before upgrading, but we can't wait any longer. Anyone have any other options we can look at for alternatives to this module?
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 3:59 AM
    Dear all,

    sorry for not answering all your messages during the last days and weeks. We have been very busy with other topics here.

    Fixing and upgrading this plugin for Moodle 2.6 is now definitely planned for next week. I hope you still can wait until then.

  • Picture of Mitchell van Gerwen
    Mon, Jan 27, 2014, 5:10 AM
    Thanks Alexander, We will wait patiently smile
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 9:12 PM
    Dear all,

    I just finally published the 2.6 version of the plugin. Thank you for waiting patiently.

    If you encounter any problems with the plugin in 2.6, please let me know.



    Dear Doug,

    I think you should be able to drag the block to the middle column on the MyMoodle page. At least that works in my Moodle installation.

    If you need support for middle column blocks on the frontpage, too, I think you would have to patch your /index.php file to support an additional block region. Please have a look at the discussion on if this helps you.


    Dear Thelma,

    your problem is fixed in the latest version of the plugin


    Dear Andy,

    I included an option "Skip course news" into the latest version of the block which should help you.


    Dear Paul,

    you're right, with its default setting, the block duplicates the "course overview" block. But please have a look at the long settings list of the block. You will see that you can do much more with this block than the standard course overview block.
  • Picture of Jeremy Schambaugh
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 4:08 AM
    Just installed this on my test server running 2.5.3+ and am wondering if there's a way to show the courses in collapsed form by default. Currently anytime a user logs in courses are expanded to show news and can lead to a large scroll. Is it possible?

    I do really like the enhancements over the core Course Overview block though. smile
  • Picture of Alexander Bias
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 4:48 AM
    Dear Jeremy,

    I think the feature you are looking for is included in the 2.6 version of the plugin which was published last week.

    But: I'm afraid that I can only add new features for the latest versions of Moodle due to my limited time. You can try to run the Moodle 2.6 version of this plugin in Moodle 2.5. Just download the 2.6 version and remove the "$plugin->requires..." line from version.php. But as there have been changes in the 2.6 version of the plugin based on some Moodle core changes in 2.6, I don't know if it will work without problems.


  • Picture of Jeremy Schambaugh
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 5:00 AM
    Thanks for the quick response and no problem. I may just go ahead throw 2.6 on my test server just to check it out.

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