Activities: Portfolio

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Based on the book module, this allows students to create portfolio contributions, within a structure set by the teacher.
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Portfolio module for Moodle, heavily based on the Book module for Moodle ( - Copyright (C) 2004-2011 Petr Skoda (

Based on the book module, this activity allows students to create portfolio contributions, with a structure set by the teacher.
The course teacher(s) are able to create an overall structure for the students' work via a series of chapters and subchapters, the same as the layout found in the book module.
The course students are then able to add their own contributions based on this structure, which can then be commented on an graded by the course teacher(s).


  • As a teacher, click on 'View/edit portfolio template', then create each of the chapters that you want students to contribute to
    (note you must create all chapters before any students start contributing)
  • You can fill in each chapter with instructions / introductory information to help students.
  • As a student, select a chapter to contribute to, then click on 'Add contribution' and enter the text of your contribution / upload relevant files.
  • As a teacher, click on 'Submitted portfolios', then you can filter and search the list of students who have made contributions.
  • Click on 'View' to browse through a particular student's contributions and add comments to each one.
  • Click on 'Grade' to give overall feedback comments and a grade.

Created by:

  • Petr Skoda (skodak) - most of the coding & design
  • Mojmir Volf, Eloy Lafuente, Antonio Vicent and others
  • Portfolio features by Davo Smith and Manolescu Dorel of Synergy Learning, on behalf of The Goethe Institut.

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Issue tracker:

Intentionally omitted features:

  • more chapter levels - it would encourage teachers to write too much complex and long books, better use standard standalone HTML editor and import it as Resource. DocBook format is another suitable solution.
  • TOC hiding in normal view - instead use printer friendly view
  • detailed student tracking (postponed till officially supported)
  • export as zipped set of HTML pages - instead use browser command Save page as... in print view


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  • Picture of Ali Merzouk
    Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 6:43 PM
    Hi Davo,
    Exellent and easy to use Plugin. We almost adopted it if the settings were extended like in the Assignement activity of Moodle. Actually we need grader allocation and word limit in the text, which is not available. Why not adding the assignement settings to the pluggin including the advanced grading in order to use rubrics for example? It would also be great if we could customise the feedback entries (a strutured framework) for teachers to enter feedback in a preformated feedback form/text. It would be perfect!
  • Davo
    Wed, Jul 26, 2017, 7:26 PM
    Hi Ali,

    They all sound like interesting suggestions, which would take varying amounts of time to implement. Realistically, none of them are likely to happen unless someone offers to pay for the development time involved. Is that something you would be able to do?
  • tom
    Thu, Aug 10, 2017, 6:39 PM

    How can I delete the button to show/hide other contributions. Because we don't want students to see contributions from others.

  • Davo
    Fri, Aug 18, 2017, 3:22 AM
    Hi Tom,

    I've double-checked the code and there is no way to hide the button, other than a CSS rule (in your theme / theme settings) such as:

    .giportfolio_content .singlebutton + .singlebutton { display: none; }

    This will hide the button, but will not remove it, so anyone who knows what they are doing will still be able to access other contributions.

    Note, however, that only contributions that students have specifically chosen to share with others are shown - they are not shared by default.
  • Picture of Blanca Pena
    Wed, Sep 6, 2017, 10:39 PM
    I have a question: it is possible that a student sees the portfolio other students? What settings do I need for it?
  • tom
    Thu, Sep 7, 2017, 5:47 PM
    Thanks for the code to hide the button, this will do for now.
    I've got a couple of other questions for you:

    - How can i delete the "title" field when a student create's/edit's a contribution. Or at least make it an optional field.
    - Is it possible to create a (sub)chapter where students can't add a contribution? just to give them some information?

    I hope you, or anyone else can help me.

  • Picture of Brian Warling
    Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 3:24 AM
    Hi -- Is a 3.3/3.4 version in the works? Thanks... Brian
  • Picture of Tina Brixen
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 6:26 PM
    Is this plugin still active or is the development stoped ?
  • Davo
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 11:34 PM
    No further features are planned to be added to this plugin. It is still in use on the site it was originally developed for and fixes will be released if there are any known compatibility issues with later versions of Moodle.
  • Picture of Irith Herman
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018, 1:10 AM
    how can I get
    Reports for the Portfolio tool
    Who has submitted files and answers and how many files he has submitted to the portfolio tool
  • Davo
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018, 1:17 AM
    Irith - there aren't any such reports built in to this portfolio activity. If you need something like that, then you would need a hire a developer to create that report for you.
  • Picture of Irith Herman
    Mon, Feb 26, 2018, 1:51 AM
    Thank you
    I found some in the HD HOC reports but it doesn"t fit my needs
  • Picture of Matthieu Roy
    Tue, Apr 24, 2018, 9:57 PM
    We've installed the plugin and it works great. Our Moodle installation is in french but I have noticed that the dates in the portfolio still appear in english. It seems they aren't affected by the language choice. I don't know if it's possible to fix this in the future. Thank you for the great plugin.
  • Picture of Matthieu Roy
    Tue, May 8, 2018, 3:18 AM
    Hello, it's me again. I have also noticed that there isn't a way to translate the "search" button found in the list of portfolios in a portfolio activities. Would the be a way to change this?

    Thank you.
  • Picture of Orlando Acevedo
    Fri, Sep 21, 2018, 4:17 AM

    How can I make the portfolio public? This means that if the course accepts guests and the student shares the contents of the folder, anyone can see it.
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