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Activities: Portfolio

Maintained by Davo Davo Smith
Based on the book module, this allows students to create portfolio contributions, within a structure set by the teacher.
Moodle 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6

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.

Project page:


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 Virgilio Missão
    Wed, Apr 9, 2014, 10:32 PM
    Hi Davo, thanks for the Portfolio Plugin smile
    I have a question about it.
    Can course students share their submissions with other students in the same course?
  • Davo
    Thu, Apr 10, 2014, 6:35 PM
    Virgilio - currently the Portfolio only allows students to share their submissions with the teacher, not other students in the course. It should be possible to allow sharing with other students, but that would require some developer time to add that feature.
  • KerryJ
    Wed, Jun 25, 2014, 11:57 AM
    Hi there - am having issues in Moodle 2.4 with it speaking with the gradebook. The grade just doesn't seem to stick.
  • Picture of Mathew Gancarz
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014, 4:12 AM
    Hello there. Thank you for putting this plugin together. I am trying out on a staging site but am getting some strange errors. I've submitted it as an issue on github:

    At one point we also got the below error, but have not been able to reproduce it, so I have not submitted it as an issue yet.
    Debug info: Module giportfolio claims to support
    FEATURE_COMPLETION_HAS_RULES but does not have required
    giportfolio_get_completion_state function
    Error code: err_system
    Stack trace:
    • line 1324 of /lib/completionlib.php: moodle_exception thrown
    • line 660 of /lib/completionlib.php: call to completion_info->internal_systemerror()
    • line 584 of /lib/completionlib.php: call to completion_info->internal_get_state()
    • line 708 of /lib/completionlib.php: call to completion_info->update_state()
    • line 188 of /mod/giportfolio/viewgiportfolio.php: call to completion_info->set_module_viewed()
  • cb userpic w harvey
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 2:30 AM
    Is this compatible with 2.7.2?
  • Davo
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 2:58 AM
    No reason I can think of why it wouldn't be, but I haven't done any specific testing of this.
  • Picture of John Churchwell
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 2:55 AM

    This tool is great. I have one question. I would like to have a groups of students working in single portfolio and the group settings in the common module settings would appear to support this. However, when I make contributions from separate student accounts in the same group, each student is unable to see the other's contribution. Am I doing something incorrectly or does the tool not support group/per portfolio structure. Many Thanks!

  • Davo
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 4:36 AM
    The tool does not support students being able to see contributions from any other students (whether in the same group, or otherwise). Possibly something that might happen in a future version...
  • Picture of John Churchwell
    Tue, May 5, 2015, 5:33 AM
    Thanks for your quick feedback, Davo. I'd be really excited to see this implemented. Thanks for contributing the tool. It really fills a gap that where a lot of people have a need.

  • Picture of Laura Robinson
    Thu, Jan 14, 2016, 12:34 AM
    I've just installed this onto our test site and it looks great, but I can't see a tool for tracking progress through the portfolio (e.g. how many sections/chapters are complete vs availalbe) or a way of managing assessors - I want to assign specific assessors to specific individuals and only allow them to see those people. Does this exist somewhere I'm missing?
  • Davo
    Fri, Jan 15, 2016, 5:22 PM
    Hi Laura,

    Neither of those features were part of the requirements for the customer who commissioned this plugin. They could probably both be added, but it is unlikely to happen unless there was some funding available to pay for the developer time involved.

  • Picture of dirk meyer
    Thu, Jan 28, 2016, 9:39 PM
    Thank you for this work and for making it available.
    Given the current state of this project is it safe to assume that we could get a few years of service out of it? Without any money committed, can you predict? Thank you.
  • Davo
    Fri, Jan 29, 2016, 12:20 AM
    Hi Dirk,

    I can't make any absolute promises. The customer who commissioned the plugin is still actively using it, so it should be maintained for the immediate future (although there are some changes that I may need to copy back into the released version).

  • Picture of Stefan Alexa
    Thu, May 26, 2016, 5:39 PM
    Many thanks for such a useful Plugin! As my institution is planning to upgrade to Moodle 3.1., I am wondering if there will be any update of the present version of the Portfolios? Otherwise, is there an editable version of the Book on which we can work on to develop the required functionality for 3.1.? Looking forward to hearing from you! Many thanks again!
  • Davo
    Thu, May 26, 2016, 6:36 PM

    I'm not directly aware of any reason why it would not work with Moodle 3.1, but I have not tested it directly. If you find any problems, let me know and I will try to look at them (but cannot promise a quick turnaround).

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