Activities: Tutorial Booking

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The tutorial booking module is designed to allow instructors of a course to create slots that the students can sign themselves up to.
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The tutorial booking module is designed to allow instructors of a course
to create slots that the students can sign themselves up to. It replicates the sign up sheet on an office door.

Detailed information is in the attached functional specification


For a detailed overview of operation visit the plugin help page:


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  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Tue, 26 Apr 2016, 9:53 PM
    It looks as thought the 2.9 version should run fine on Moodle 3.0, there seems to be some kind of issue between Moodle 3 and one of our Behat tests that is holding me back from doing a release specifically tagged for it.
  • Picture of bobby demers
    Fri, 16 Sep 2016, 7:39 PM
    Having an issue where the teachers are unable to create slots for the tutorials. They can add the Activity but beyond that, nothing sad

    I've checked the permissions and they all seem to be fine, but the option is not showing to create/edit etc the slots.

    Moodle 3.1.1


  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Mon, 19 Sep 2016, 5:26 PM
    Hi Bobby,

    When in the tutorial booking activity click on the 'Permissions' link in the Administration block, this will show you the capabilities the activity uses and show you which roles have then. You should ensure the teachers have the 'Allow users to add, delete and edit the signup lists.' (mod/tutorialbooking:editsignuplis)' capability.

    I did a quick test and the ability to add signup sheets appears to be working, however we have not verified that the tutorial booking activity works fully with Moodle 3.1.
  • Picture of bobby demers
    Mon, 19 Sep 2016, 9:21 PM
    Hi Neil.

    The 'Allow users to add, delete and edit the signup lists.' (mod/tutorialbooking:editsignuplis)' capability is showing as them having permission . As well as Course Leader, Course Administrator, Adminstrator and Non-Editing Teacher.

    When I sign is as the lecturer responsible (or any other), when I try to create the sign up list, the message comes up as "Sorry, but you do not currently have permissions to do that (Allows the user to see the admin page of the activity.)" even though they apparently do as showing in the Administration block!!

  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Mon, 19 Sep 2016, 9:53 PM
    Do they also have the 'mod/tutorialbooking:viewadminpage' capability? It is required to gain any sort of editing access to the activity, in addition to the more granular permissions that determine exactly which pieces of admin functionality they see.

    I have run our full set of automatic tests on Moodle 3.1 and there do not appear to be any fundamental issues with the plugin.

  • Picture of bobby demers
    Wed, 21 Sep 2016, 2:02 AM
    That was the one!!! Got it now smile

    Thank you very much for your help Neill

  • Picture of bobby demers
    Tue, 18 Apr 2017, 6:56 PM
    Since the recent Tutorial update, one of our admin staff have tried to duplicate a Questionnaire via the Block and received this message:

    Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: encode_content_links() method needs to be overridden in each subclass of backup_activity_task

    Ran a debug to ascertain the problem and this is what showed:
    line 357 of /backup/moodle2/backup_activity_task.class.php: coding_exception thrown
    line 62 of /mod/tutorialbooking/backup/moodle2/backup_tutorialbooking_activity_task.class.php: call to backup_activity_task::encode_content_links()
    line ? of unknownfile: call to backup_tutorialbooking_activity_task::encode_content_links()
    line 125 of /backup/moodle2/backup_xml_transformer.class.php: call to call_user_func()
    line 88 of /backup/moodle2/backup_xml_transformer.class.php: call to backup_xml_transformer->encode_absolute_links()
    line 273 of /backup/util/xml/xml_writer.class.php: call to backup_xml_transformer->process()
    line 211 of /backup/util/xml/xml_writer.class.php: call to xml_writer->text_content()
    line 110 of /backup/util/structure/backup_structure_processor.class.php: call to xml_writer->full_tag()
    line 38 of /backup/util/structure/backup_final_element.class.php: call to backup_structure_processor->process_final_element()
    line 97 of /backup/util/structure/backup_nested_element.class.php: call to backup_final_element->process()
    line 107 of /backup/util/structure/backup_nested_element.class.php: call to backup_nested_element->process()

    Moodle 3.2.2+ (Build: 20170407) Version 2016120502.05'


  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Mon, 24 Apr 2017, 5:08 PM
    Hi Bobby,

    Sorry for letting that slip through, a fixed version is now available.
  • Picture of bobby demers
    Tue, 25 Apr 2017, 9:22 PM
    Cheer. Thanks for sorting that out Neill


  • Ricardo Caiado
    Sat, 17 Mar 2018, 10:27 PM

    Any updates to Moodle 3.4?

  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Mon, 19 Mar 2018, 5:17 PM
    Hi Ricardo,

    We are currently working on our Moodle 3.4 upgrade.

    The master branch of the repository contains code updated for Moodle 3.4, we have not put up a new release here yet as we have not put it through our full testing process yet.
  • Picture of Péter Lukács
    Thu, 19 Jul 2018, 3:47 PM
    While its a really great plugin, "Mobile app support" isnt true.
  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Thu, 19 Jul 2018, 3:58 PM
    Moodle Mobile 3.5 is unfortunately not supported at the moment (the way plugins need to support it was changed), it does however work with older versions of Moodle Mobile.

    It is a busy time of year for us at the moment, but I hope to be able to add support for Moodle Mobile 3.5 after things quieten down somewhat.
  • Picture of Gary Prosser
    Wed, 29 Aug 2018, 3:09 PM
    Hi - we have v4.5.0 on our moodle 3.3.5
    Although tutorial booking setting 'liveservice' is ticked, there are no messages sent to tutorial bookers and no messages added to tutorialbooking_messages table.

    Is there anything I can do about this ?
  • Picture of Neill Magill
    Wed, 29 Aug 2018, 8:45 PM
    Hi Gary,

    For an individual user do they have e-mails enabled for Tutorial Notifications?

    Have you checked the default message outputs in your Moodle's site administration, is 'Tutorial Notification' set to e-mail users by default? If you change this and a user has never modified their own notification preferences changes here will affect them.

    The messaging preferences of users should be respected by the Tutorial booking plugin.

    I'm making the assumption that other sources of messages in your Moodle are able to send e-mails to users.

    Do you get any error messages when you try to send a message?
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