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Reports: Dates

Maintained by Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Tim Hunt
This 'report' is actually a tool to let you edit all the dates in a course on one page.

This 'report' is actually at tool that lets you edit all the dates for all] the activities in your course on a single page.

Once the plugin is installed, you can access the functionality by going to Course administration -> Reports -> Dates in the navigation block when you are looking at the course.


This plugin is part of set Open University.


Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
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  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013, 11:32 PM
    For very large courses, the disabledIf conditions between the settings get very, very slow for large courses, so there is a limit. If you like experiment with editing REPORT_EDITDATES_ENABLE_FILTER_THRESHOLD at the top of index.php. You may find a bitter setting is safe. (If so, we might increase this setting for everyone.)
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013, 11:30 PM
    Thanks to prompting from Charles Fulton and Kevin Wiliarty, I have uploaded a version of the v2.1 release that should be compatible with Moodle 2.2 - 2.4. That goes with the 2.5-compabilt version that was already there.
  • Picture of Matt Fedorko
    Wed, May 21, 2014, 3:30 AM
    Thanks, Tim! What a great tool. Works as advertised! Was a lot faster than opening 80+ tabs.

    From a lowly user, here's a suggestion -- list the Activities (still grouped by Sections) with a checkbox beside each Section and each Activity (ala the Import page), and then put the settings ONCE up top. The idea would be you would modify the settings you want, and then check all of the Activities you would want those settings to apply to, then click "Save." I think this would be significantly faster for the user in some cases.

    The case where it would not be faster (that I can think of) would be if you are changing many activities so that EACH activity has a separate date or time. But if there is any grouping what-so-ever (say, half of the activities per section have the same date and time), I think you would see significant speed.

    But beggars can't be choosers, eh!

    As a side note, I proposed in some forum post somewhere the idea of "Templates" for Activities, so that you could go to a page and modify all of the settings for, say, some or all of the Quizzes in your class. This would look very much like what you've already created with my above suggestion for how to apply the changes to many Activities at once. I can see how that would become very, very complex, and the only reason I'm mentioning it is because this seems to be along those lines.

    Thanks again!
  • Picture of Matthew Koelling
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014, 1:44 AM
    Hi Tim

    Any plans to make a 2.7 version?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014, 4:19 AM
    Yes. The OU will need a 2.7 version around the start of September.

    This is non-trivial task, because of the changes in conditional availability in Moodle 2.7.

    I am probably not going to have a change to think about this before September. If anyone else wants to try, I am happy to receive pull requests on github.

    It might be possible to do an initial version for 2.7 that ignores conditional availability dates.
  • Picture of Matthew Koelling
    Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 12:36 AM
    Thank you for the info Tim.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Wed, Jul 9, 2014, 3:54 PM
    A screenshot would really help here, TIA.
  • Picture of Aaron Isom
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 4:47 AM
    Any plans on having Turnitin assignments start date, due date, and post date to be included in the activity type for the dates plugin?
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014, 5:00 AM
    I have not plans. If someone else writes the code, and does a github pull request, I will review and integrate it.
  • Picture of Christopher Molnar
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 8:08 PM
    Hello Tim, Any thoughts of bringing this plugin up to 2.7.2? It was working but with the change from 2.7.1 to 2.7.2 it seems to error out on the quizzes. Thanks!
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014, 8:10 PM
    What change between 2.7.1 to 2.7.2?

    We have a version that we think works with 2.7.2. I will make sure we have put the latest version here, hopefully in the next few days.
  • Picture of Christopher Molnar
    Sun, Nov 2, 2014, 2:23 AM
    Not sure what changed but when I did the version update the quizzes stopped working. I have a tracker issue open on the error I am getting. Tracker: CONTRIB-5361
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Sun, Nov 2, 2014, 2:54 AM
    As it says here, this version of this plugin is not compatible with Moodle 2.7. There will be a version that is compatible with Moodle 2.7 soon.

    Also, this is not specific to quiz.
  • Picture of Jon Scherbatskoy
    Mon, Feb 16, 2015, 11:50 PM
    started testing this for our 2.7 install, looks great. in all the documentation it says "Once the plugin is installed, you can access the functionality by going to Reports -> Dates in the navigation block when you are looking at the course." but should say " the Administration block..." - at least that is where it is showing up for us.
    thanks for the plugin.
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Mon, Feb 16, 2015, 11:51 PM
    That block got renamed a few Moodle releases ago. Thanks for pointing out we need to fix our description here.
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