Moodle DevCamp 2019 - Idea exchange and progress tracking

Banner Notifications for Moodle Instance

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Banner Notifications for Moodle Instance
by Katarzyna Potocka - Friday, 16 August 2019, 10:28 AM

I am curious - is there something that allows you as admin to notify all users by using, for example, a site-wide banner that appears on top of everything?

One possible use case would be - 

  • announcing an unscheduled maintenance mode window
  • security issues
  • etc. 

Probably there is already something like that or maybe there is even a reason why something like that doesn't exist. 

Looking forward for some feedback or likeminded people who would like to tackle that during DevCamp. 

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Re: Banner Notifications for Moodle Instance
by stefan weber - Friday, 16 August 2019, 11:20 AM

you could use moodle tours for that, to display a popup message to all users

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Re: Banner Notifications for Moodle Instance
by Thomas Wedekind - Friday, 16 August 2019, 12:52 PM

There is a block for that: But I'd like to have something like that at the top of the site and on every page. I didn't find anything like that.

That's why I'm programming a local plugin. Maybe I will pick it at the devcamp if I think it can be finished there.

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Re: Banner Notifications for Moodle Instance
by Alexander Bias - Thursday, 5 September 2019, 10:25 AM

Hi Kasia,

I think that there are multiple solutions out there which satisfy one of your use cases somehow, but not a one-fits-all solution.

At Ulm university, we have also been thinking about the issue of publishing important news (which we regularly run into), but haven't built a real solution yet.

If this is mainly about administrative announcements, there are two existing plugins from Catalyst IT on and which already produce these kind of banners and which could be a basis.

If this is more about announcing important news, like the fact that there are new Moodle trainings upcoming for teachers, I would be in favour of something like tool_rsstomessage  which I pitched in

And, don't forget the announcement forum in Moodle core which can be used on the Moodle frontpage and which all users can automatically be subscribed to.

So, my main query would be to collect _all_ use cases first to be able to see the big picture and to be able to talk about solution approaches.