Review: Simple Clock Block for Moodle 2.0

Simple Clock block

Simple Clock block

The plugin for todays review is the Block: Simple Clock.

When people are accessing your Moodle site from more than one location, and especially more than one timezone it can sometimes be confusing for the users about what time it is. This simple block helps address this issue.

This module is maintained by Michael de Raadt.

What does it do?

This block displays the time of the Moodle server, and the time of the user in a block to help illustrate and remind the user of the time difference between both. It uses Javascript.

Is it simple to install?

This was a relatively simple install with no global config settings. The file is hosted in Moodle Contrib so you can download the zip file from there or browse the source code. The zip holds one folder which contains the block files. Once you unzip, you need to upload the simple_clock folder into your Moodle 2.0 blocks folder.

Is there documentation for it?

There is a Moodle Docs page for the plugin linked from documentation link in the plugin database which provides clear instructions on how to use the Module. It describes the installation and configuration options for the block. The plugin page also has some sample configurations and options detailed.

Is it easy for the teacher/admin to use?

Yes.  Once this is installed it you can just add it to a course and it just to works. You can choose between various config options such as whether you show the server, the user or both, and whether you show the name of the day but its all quite simple!

Block Simple Clock Config

Block Simple Clock Config

 

 

Is it easy for the learner/student to use?

Students don’t need to do anything, as it just works on the page.

 

Does it do what it promises?

Yes it does. I tried a few of the settings and all of them seemed to work fine. This is certainly a good idea to have in courses which are delivered across multiple timezones.

Stars: 4 out of 5 stars for this block.

 

**Standard Reminder**

These reviews check out the plugin for usability not for security. If you are considering installing any module on your site you should also check that is secure and does not impact the server performance.

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