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mod_giportfolio
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 (http://moodle.org/) - Copyright (C) 2004-2011 Petr Skoda (http://skodak.org/)

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).

Usage:

  • 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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Installation:

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
  • PDF export - there is no elegant way AFAIK to convert HTML to PDF, use virtual PDF printer or better use DocBook format for authoring
  • detailed student tracking (postponed till officially supported)
  • export as zipped set of HTML pages - instead use browser command Save page as... in print view

Contributors

Davo
Davo Smith (Lead maintainer)
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  • MD shot of me from his iphone4
    Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 2:48 PM
    Hi Davo and thanks for sharing this here.

    This seems to be an interesting mix between assignment submissions and lesson.

    ps: I couldn't help think there might be some slight confusion with moodle portfolio exports but am keen to see where this can go.

  • Davo
    Thu, Oct 17, 2013, 6:56 PM
    Yes - I had some initial problems with it clashing with 'portfolio' as a core part of Moodle, so that is why, internally, it is called 'giportfolio'.

    Hopefully anyone using it will not get confused with the portfolio export feature ...
  • Picture of Roland Sherwood
    Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 12:47 AM
    Hi Davo. We've decided to take a quick look at this, but are hitting some install errors:

    The number of objects with previous not set is different from 1
    line 291 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_object.php: call to debugging()
    line 553 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_table.php: call to xmldb_object->checkPreviousNextValues()
    line 259 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_structure.php: call to xmldb_table->arr2xmldb_table()
    line 172 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_file.php: call to xmldb_structure->arr2xmldb_structure()
    line 153 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_file.php: call to xmldb_file->arr2xmldb_structure()
    line 344 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to xmldb_file->loadXMLStructure()
    line 365 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to database_manager->load_xmldb_file()
    line 596 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to database_manager->install_from_xmldb_file()
    line 360 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins_modules()
    line 1544 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 349 of /admin/index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()
    Some FIELDS previous/next values are incorrect
    line 2113 of /lib/datalib.php: call to debugging()
    line 469 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_object.php: call to xmldb_debug()
    line 555 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_table.php: call to xmldb_object->debug()
    line 259 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_structure.php: call to xmldb_table->arr2xmldb_table()
    line 172 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_file.php: call to xmldb_structure->arr2xmldb_structure()
    line 153 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_file.php: call to xmldb_file->arr2xmldb_structure()
    line 344 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to xmldb_file->loadXMLStructure()
    line 365 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to database_manager->load_xmldb_file()
    line 596 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to database_manager->install_from_xmldb_file()
    line 360 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins_modules()
    line 1544 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 349 of /admin/index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()
    Problem loading table giportfolio
    line 2113 of /lib/datalib.php: call to debugging()
    line 469 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_object.php: call to xmldb_debug()
    line 263 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_structure.php: call to xmldb_object->debug()
    line 172 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_file.php: call to xmldb_structure->arr2xmldb_structure()
    line 153 of /lib/xmldb/xmldb_file.php: call to xmldb_file->arr2xmldb_structure()
    line 344 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to xmldb_file->loadXMLStructure()
    line 365 of /lib/ddl/database_manager.php: call to database_manager->load_xmldb_file()
    line 596 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to database_manager->install_from_xmldb_file()
    line 360 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins_modules()
    line 1544 of /lib/upgradelib.php: call to upgrade_plugins()
    line 349 of /admin/index.php: call to upgrade_noncore()

    Any ideas or advice would be much appreciated (we're running under MySQL 5.5, btw).
  • Davo
    Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 2:40 AM
    The version on github has been fixed to be compatible with Moodle versions before 2.5 (it is usually helpful to include your Moodle version whenever you are reporting an error message), but it looks like I've not propagated the changes to Moodle.org yes - I'll do that in a moment.
  • Picture of German Valero
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 2:30 AM
    Hi Davo,

    I think I found a small typo in the English strings in 2.6 [contributioncount,giportfolio] 'Show conribution count'
    I think it might be 2.6 [contributioncount,giportfolio] 'Show contribution count'
  • Picture of German Valero
    Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 9:08 AM
    Hi Davo,
    I just created a Moodle Docs page at http://docs.moodle.org/26/en/admin/setting/modsettinggiportfolio, which is linked when a user clicks on 'Moodle Docs for this page' at the setup page for this plugin.
    Please feel free to correct as needed, and add a link for 'Moodle Documentation for this plugin'
    Thanks again for another great Moodle add-on.
  • Davo
    Tue, Feb 25, 2014, 3:48 AM
    German, a very belated thanks for the language correction and the Moodle docs page.

    I've updated the language pack and released a new version to Github + Moodle.org.
  • Picture of William Lu
    Tue, Feb 25, 2014, 7:59 AM
    I installed it on my Moodle2.6 and the version valid check was OK, install finished successfully. But, I can't see anything new from 'Add an activity or resource', nor from 'Add a block'. How to start to use this mod?
  • Davo
    Tue, Feb 25, 2014, 4:25 PM
    William - 'Portfolio' should appear in the 'add activity' menu. Please can you confirm that there are no error / warning messages with debugging switched on for your site, and that the user you are trying this with has the capability 'mod/giportfolio:addinstance'.
  • Picture of William Lu
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014, 11:16 AM
    Davo, thank you for your quick reply. I repeated the install steps again. Do see the Portfolio in the 'Add an activity..' menu, be able to start setting the Portfolio, like Chapter, notification etc, but when click on 'save and display', it shows: Error reading from database.
  • Davo
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014, 3:35 PM
    William - before I can do anything about that, you need to turn on debugging for your site and give me the full error message.
  • 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.
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