Poster

Activities ::: 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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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

Copyright (C) 2015 David Mudrák

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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Contributors

David Mudrák (Lead maintainer)
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  • Ricardo Caiado
    Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 4:54 AM
    Great news
  • Ricardo Caiado
    Tue, Sep 4, 2018, 8:26 AM
    Hi,

    Any update to Moodle 3.5?

    Ricardo
  • Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 8:37 PM

    Have you tried if the 3.4 version works? If would be a helpful contribution.

  • Ricardo Caiado
    Wed, Sep 5, 2018, 8:45 PM
    Yes, the 3.4 version works !
  • Thu, Sep 6, 2018, 4:18 AM

    Thanks for confirmation. I am happy to announce that Poster version 5.2.0 has been now released, with privacy API finally implemented and Moodle 3.5 supported.

  • Thu, Sep 6, 2018, 3:35 PM
    I usually don't comment before implementing, but what a fantastic resource!
  • Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 12:08 AM
    Good afternoon,

    I make the following query we have installed a Moodle 2.9.8+ (Build: 20160915), and in one of the courses is installed the Poster block when teachers activate the edition to incorporate a new block to the Poster shows them the following message "No there are blocks that I can add to this page. "; but it is not the same when a site administrator tries to do it.

    Thank you so much.
    I await your response.
    Valeria
  • Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 3:27 PM

    Hello Valeria. Thank you for raising this issue. May I suggest we move the discussion into the plugin's issues tracker so that we do not pollute the comments here. Thanks. p.s. I think it will be a matter of permissions - users need be given permissions to add blocks into the poster page.

  • Mon, Oct 1, 2018, 9:05 PM
    Thanks for your answer. I have no problem with passing the discussion to the complement's crawler.

    P.S. I tell you that they have the teachers have the permission assigned to add blocks in the Poster activity.

    Regards,
    Valeria
  • Thu, Jul 15, 2021, 3:08 AM
    Any chance of a version for 3.11.1?
  • Wed, Aug 4, 2021, 9:32 PM

    Thanks Patrick. Version 6.0.1 was just released with Moodle 3.11 officially supported. There is no real change from 6.0.0 as all changes are mostly development-oriented. So 6.0.0 would have worked, too.

  • Sun, Oct 31, 2021, 7:11 PM
    Hi David. Unfortunatetly, I think since the last 2 updates of Moodle, Poster is not displaying in 2 columns, could that be an update in Fordson/Boost? or the whole moodle at large that is causing this? any idea of a workaround? Thanks for a very nice and useful project!
  • Tue, Nov 2, 2021, 4:05 AM

    Hello Roberto. I cannot reproduce your problem. The two-columns layout works for me as expected in recent Moodle version under both standard themes Boost and Classic.

  • Wed, Nov 10, 2021, 3:42 AM
    Hi David, Thanks a lot for your reply. It is strange, I actually got this report from another institution using a custom theme, and I checked in our own instance that uses Fordson and saw the same. Now I forced the Classic theme on one course and still got only one column. Now I am thinking what could be common in our both instances that causes the same situation... anyway, thanks for trying smile
  • Thu, Nov 11, 2021, 12:58 AM

    Let's move this to where it belongs. May I ask you to report this as a new issues in the plugin's tracker at Github. Please provide exact steps to reproduce on your site. Thanks in advance.

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