Timestat Block is now available in the Plugin Database, feedback needed


I’m happy to report that the Timestat Block which was community funded earlier this year has been released to the Moodle community and is now available in the plugins repository thanks to Lukasz Sanokowski. Please note though that the block is ineligible for automatic installation through your site since there still exists a core modification when the block is installed, according to David Mudrak,

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the plugin still requires a special post-installation core hack to make it work. As a policy, I am forced to move the plugin to the Other category in this directory (as a consequence, certain features such as automatic installation and deployment of updates is disabled for such plugins)

So there’s still work to be done. If you’re interested in helping get this block fully approved please provide feedback through the plugin page and Moodle.org. The plugin is available at https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_timestat. Provide feedback and bugs at https://tracker.moodle.org/browse/CONTRIB/component/13830/

What it does: Timestat tracks the duration of time a student has a browser window active with Moodle resources or activities displaying. This helps to provide teachers and administrators with information regarding time on task, an important metric for many certification and professional development requirements.

If you’ve been waiting for this block since we first announced that we were seeking to upgrade it to Moodle 2.x, I really appreciate the patience and support.