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Blocks: GISMO

Maintained by Picture of Christian Milani Christian Milani
GISMO, a graphical interactive student monitoring and tracking system that extracts tracking data from an online course maintained with Moodle, and generates graphical representations that can be explored by course instructors.

GISMO is a graphical interactive monitoring tool that provides useful visualization of students' activities in online courses to instructors. With GISMO instructors can examine various aspects of distance students, such as the attendance to courses, reading of materials, submission of assignments. Users of the popular learning management system Moodle may benefit from GISMO for their teaching activities. With respect to the standard reports provided by Moodle (which basically allow teachers to see if an individual student has viewed a specific resource or participated on a specific activity on a specific day), GISMO provides comprehensive visualizations that gives an overview of the whole class, not only a specific student or a particular resource. With GISMO, instructors can perform analysis of the whole class, and may have a "clear picture" of what the class is doing, or has done in a period in the past.


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Picture of Christian Milani
Christian Milani (Lead maintainer)
Picture of Riccardo Mazza
Riccardo Mazza: (Developer & Manager)
Luca Mazzola: (Past Developer)
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mauro nidola: (Past Developer)
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  • Picture of Jose Mesa
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 5:21 AM
    good afternoon

    could someone tell me how statistics Gismo and install the plugin but I have no idea how to generate them are generated.

    thank you very much
  • Picture of Yvonne Hamilton
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 5:41 AM
    Hi Jose,
    not sure what you are asking. Are you wanting to know how to get the data to populate in the block? If so make sure you have the block added to a course....then wait till the overnight scheduled task runs then the data should be available. If you are using Moodle 2.7 then you can change the time that the Gismo data exporter task will run under Site Administration>>Server>>Scheduled Tasks>>Gismo data exporter task.
  • Picture of Yvonne Hamilton
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 10:27 AM
    Hi Erika,
    we also are running Moodle 2.7 and get "No Data" for almost all assignments. We have this problem with two different Moodle installations. In one course we have 40 student submissions in 3 different assignments but we get only one student showing as having submitted in Gismo into just one assignment. All other courses show "No Data". There must be something wrong with the data collection but I don't know what. I could narrow down the one submission in the logs and the only difference I could see was the teacher had attempted to grade the assignment for that one student. I went to my other install and graded a student...reran the scheduled task and the assignment then showed in Gismo after being graded when previously it had shown "No Data" for assignments. Could you check to see if the same behaviour shows in your system?
  • Picture of Yvonne Hamilton
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 12:26 PM
    Hi Christian,
    I did some more testing and there seems to be a need for a grade value in our server before the assignment activity gets exported into Gismo. Is that the expected outcome?
    Could an submitted but ungraded assignment be shown with a grade value of 0 maybe? I think people use this block to track student participation and it would be good to see if the students have submitted assignments at any time- not just once the assignments have been graded.
  • Picture of erika alarcon
    Wed, May 6, 2015, 3:55 AM
    Hi Yvonne, that's correct

    When a student is graded his/her assign submission appears in the graph.

    I'm confused because the Help page says: "On the X-axis we mapped the assignments (or quizzes in the graphs dedicated to quizzes) and marks denote students submissions. An empty square means a submission not graded ..."

    If the student made a submission, then the graph should have an empty square? How can I see this?
  • Picture of Bill Steele
    Sat, Jun 27, 2015, 6:25 PM
    Allowing Gismo to be installed site wide through the frontpage. There does not appear to have been any movement on this functionality

    Anyone know how to distribute this block to a whole category or a whole site when it is not shown as available as a block on the frontpage
  • Frankie's the name, Moodle's my game!
    Mon, Sep 28, 2015, 12:57 AM
    I ran it from the web browser, but I got this message: "Command line scripts can not be executed from the web interface". What gives?
  • Picture of Ravi Lamontagne
    Mon, Jan 4, 2016, 6:48 AM
    I am using Moodle 3.0 and I added the Gismo block to a course, after which I was should this message "Error reading from database ". From this point on every time I try to access this course I get the same error, although all other courses are working fine. What can I do to deal with this issue?
  • Picture of Brandon Jimenez
    Tue, Jan 19, 2016, 9:33 PM
    Hi, I'm currently running a Moodle 2.9.3+ site and planning to update it to Moodle 3 or 3.1 (sometime in the future), and i would love to have your plugin installed. I do, however, have a question: have you tested in a Moodle 3+ environment?

  • Daniel
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 10:42 PM
    Are you planning to soon wear your very useful plugin to Moodle 2.9 and 3.0?
    Thank you for your response.
    E-Learning Facile
  • Picture of Emilie Lenel
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 9:46 PM
    I can't find your plugin for Moodle 2.9 and 3.0, is your plugin still maintained ?
    Thanks for your feedback
    Best regards
  • Picture of Christian Milani
    Tue, Apr 19, 2016, 9:57 PM

    I'm working on it right now, if you want you can download the lastest version (still testing) here:

    Anyone that could test and let me know is welcome smile

    so far I tested it on 2.9 and 3.0 without problems
  • Picture of Emilie Lenel
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 9:49 PM
    I tested on my local Bitnami Moodle 3.0, but i get :
    Validating block_gismo ... Error
    [Error] Unable to extract all files [Attempting to extract file gismo/lib/third_parties/client_side/jqplot.1.0.8r1250/plugins/jqplot.BezierCurveRenderer.min.js resulted in error 'Can not write target file'.]
    Installation aborted due to validation failure
  • Picture of Christian Milani
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016, 10:13 PM
    how did you download the code? using git or directly from the site? i just deleted ll the jqplot1.0.8 files since they are not used anymore, i updated the library to 1.0.9
  • Picture of Emilie Lenel
    Thu, Apr 21, 2016, 8:51 PM
    I downloaded it directly from the site :
    I get this error :
    Validating block_gismo ... Error
    [Error] Unable to extract all files [Attempting to extract file gismo/lib/third_parties/client_side/jquery-ui-1.10.3/css/ui-darkness/images/animated-overlay.gif resulted in error 'Can not write target file'.]
    Installation aborted due to validation failure
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