## Activities: Poster

mod_poster
Maintained by David Mudrák
Poster is a resource activity module allowing to create a web page. What makes this module unique is that the contents of the poster page is composed of Moodle blocks (such as HTML block, Calendar block, Latest news block etc.). It provides yet another place within the course where blocks can be put without polluting the course front page.
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Moodle 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, 3.1

## Motivation

There are many useful blocks available for Moodle. Typically, they can be only added to the sides of the Moodle pages, or to the user's dashboard page (also known as My home page). Sometimes, you may want to keep your course main page quite clean, not cluttered with blocks on both sides. In such case, you can put useful blocks into a separate Poster page.

The overall concept is somewhat similar to how pages are created in Mahara - but it is typically the teacher in Moodle who creates the Poster for students to view.

## Usage

To use the module, you should understand how Moodle sticky blocks work. See Block settings page for more details.

1. Add the module instance into the course.
2. Keep the editing mode on.
3. Add the Moodle blocks you want to display on the poster.
4. Click the icon to configure the block. Set the block instance so that it is displayed in the context of the poster, on page type Poster module main page (mod-poster-view), inside the region mod_poster-pre or mod_poster-post.
5. Alternatively, use the drag and drop feature to move the block to the regions at the poster content area.
6. Note that some blocks must be first added to the course main page first, configured to be displayed at any page and then configured again to be displayed at the poster main page only (this is how block positioning works in Moodle generally).

The poster can be used as for example:

• Course wall/dashboard (contact teachers, detailed outline of the course, latest news, comments, ...).
• Project dashboard (project goals, calendar, comments, people, ...)
• Research report (goals, methods, results, comments, ...)

## Implementation

The Poster module uses not so well known feature of the Moodle blocks architecture. In almost all cases, it is the theme that defines regions where plugins can be added to. However in special cases, such as this one, any Moodle plugin can define its custom block regions. Within the context of the Poster module instance, when displaying its view.php page, two extra block regions are defined - mod_poster-pre and mod_poster-post. The Poster module itself is just a tiny wrapper for displaying these two regions as its content. Simple and clever.

The module natively supports responsive layout in bootstrap based themes (both 2.x and 3.x versions).

## Licence

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

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• Sat, 18 Jun 2016, 4:14 AM
Dear David, this is great stuff. I wonder if it can be used in the content section of the dashboard page. It would be great to be able to add many blocks in that page which would not use it's whole width always. best
• Sat, 18 Jun 2016, 6:14 AM

It can't be used on the dashboard page as that one does not allow activities/resources to be put on it.

• Thu, 11 Aug 2016, 5:00 PM
Hi David

Firstly, great plugin. I think any tools that can 'de-clutter' a course page are very useful, and I like the way this one works.

I have a question though.

How should one manage blocks for non-course pages such as the Gradebook? We have always used just one column for Blocks on the right and I would like to make use of Posters as a 'Course Homepage' but by turning on the Standard Blocks Layout feature it seems to also affect pages such as the Grade Book, now adding Blocks to the left. This may cause a bit of confusion to our students.

• Fri, 12 Aug 2016, 2:55 AM

Hi Dan. Sorry I am a bit confused about the question. What does "Standard Blocks Layout feature" refer to? Am I right it is some custom setting of your site theme?

• Fri, 12 Aug 2016, 2:58 AM
Ah yes - quite probably. Default is 2 columns but there is the option to turn on 'standard' i.e. blocks to the left and right of the central content.
• Fri, 12 Aug 2016, 3:30 AM

Well, most themes simply do not display the right/left side column if there is no block placed into that region. Is not that your case, too?

• Sat, 22 Oct 2016, 10:49 PM
"Add the Moodle blocks you want to display on the poster." Something everyone should know how to, I guess, but I'm afraid I don't.
• Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 4:24 AM

Hi Magnus. Sorry if the description is not clear. That text refers to https://docs.moodle.org/en/Block_settings#Adding_a_block_to_a_page

• Wed, 7 Dec 2016, 8:14 PM
• Mon, 9 Jan 2017, 4:53 PM
Hello David
super plugin

I use the EduHub theme and I have nethertheless a little problem.
Each Word of my Blocks titles begin by a majuscule like " Do You Know Moodle?"
Did you already meet this problem?

Thanks
Tom

• Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 4:29 AM

Thanks Tom. If you believe it is a problem with the Poster (and not the theme, as in you see the problem on the Poster page only and nowhere else), please report the details into a new issue in the plugin's bug tracker. Please attach screenshots so to better illustrate the problem. Thanks in advance.

• Sat, 13 May 2017, 4:03 AM

Poster version 5.0.0 released, offering an improved editing interface. Tested on Moodle 3.2 and 3.3 with all three major theme families (Boost, Clean, More).

• Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 7:32 AM

Poster version 5.1.0 released. In editing mode, the "Add a block" selector is now displayed in Boost based themes, too.

• Tue, 28 Nov 2017, 11:35 PM
David,

How much work would be involved in displaying the poster content directly on the course page as opposed to a separate resource? I was thinking of using the OneTopic course format with your poster resource to mimic a Mahara collection.

Thanks
• Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 2:00 AM

@William Mair - you can use the course format "Single activity format" and let the poster be displayed directly as the course main page.