Happy New Year all.

 

I thought I would post an update to what is now a very old thread to say we finally went ahead with replicating WebPA functionality in a native Moodle plugin.

 

If anyone is interested, pending release on Moodle.Org (it is currently awaiting approval in the plugins directory) the plugin can be downloaded from our GIT repo:

 

https://bitbucket.org/covuni/mod_peerwork/src

 

a rough guide can be seen in this video:

 

https://youtu.be/70FPR3c8Cx8

 

an update to which can be seen here:

 

https://youtu.be/LPky1deRZSs

 

there have been further enhancements since those guides were made but the above still offer a viable starting point if anyone wants to try this plugin.

 

Suffice to say that plugin would not exist without the work pioneered by Loughborough University on WebPA, I should also add this plugin was based on one originally created by CUL (City University London) which we forked and enhanced.

 

Regards, Jeremy

 

From: WebPA <[log in to unmask]> On Behalf Of MILLINGTON Andrew
Sent: 26 July 2018 11:29
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: WebPA Replacement / Moodle Plugin

 

I've taken a look at this issue and it was just a server set up problem. I hadn't added the PHP XML module to the server which was causing the problem. I added this in and restarted the server which has since fixed the problem. If anyone else has any feedback please feel free to email me at [log in to unmask] to let me know how you got on.

 

Looking at the logs there are a few warnings that I need to tidy up but nothing that would break the running of the service,

 

Many thanks,

-- 

Andrew Millington
Learning Applications Development Team Manager | Digital Learning Applications and Media
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1266 | H West, Argyle House, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR

 

On Thu, 2018-07-26 at 10:40 +0100, Andrew Millington wrote:

Thanks John. I haven't come across this yet but thanks for reporting. I will pop you a quick email off this list to discuss further,

 

Many thanks for looking at this!

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Andrew Millington
Learning Applications Development Team Manager | Digital Learning Applications and Media
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1266 | H West, Argyle House, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR

 

On Thu, 2018-07-26 at 09:34 +0000, Smith, John wrote:

Hi Andrew,

 

Not sure if this is working for everyone else except me (since I see lots of forms have been created) but when I try to create or edit a form I get a 500 error.

 

 

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From: WebPA <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of MILLINGTON Andrew <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: 26 July 2018 09:36
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: WebPA Replacement / Moodle Plugin

 

Hi all,

 

I have fixed the one remaining issue for the PHP 7 branch so my update should work with PHP 7.2 now. I haven't received any feedback for the code changes as yet but from my testing, believe the upgrade will work without issue. To help build confidence in this release I've set up a testing environment on my own server.

 

I would be extremely grateful if people who use WebPA in any capacity could login to the demo system and try out the features you use on a day to day basis. If you could pop me a quick email after testing the system to let me know if it is performing as expected or if you encountered any bugs that would be much appreciated.

 

The demo server will be open to anyone so please don't upload any sensitive information there. It will be reset every day at midnight. I will likely only leave this up for the next fortnight. After that, if no issues are discovered, I will get version 3 of WebPA released which should make WebPA fully compatible with the 7.x branch of PHP.

 

The url to visit is https://noexceptions.io/webpa7

 

username is: admin

password is: admin

 

Many thanks,

-- 

Andrew Millington
Learning Applications Development Team Manager | Digital Learning Applications and Media
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1266 | H West, Argyle House, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR

 

On Thu, 2018-06-21 at 18:34 +0100, Andrew Millington wrote:

Hi All,

    I believe I now have a working version of WebPA in PHP 7. The code changes can be found here: https://github.com/WebPA/Source/pull/20

I have tested logging into the system and creating groups and all appears to work as expected. There are some caveats though:

  • At the moment the code will only work up to PHP 7.1. It will likely break if run on a PHP 7.2 server until I fix an outstanding issue with a deprecated function call. I plan on creating an issue and tackling this soon
  • I had to revert a bug fix that had been applied to the system as it was preventing admin user's from logging in. I need to investigate what the bug fix was trying to rectify and look into an alternative solution

Functionally the code should work exactly the same as previous versions of WebPA so you should just be able to replace your old code with the new version as long as you maintain your config values in the inc_global.php file.

If anyone wants to give this a test that would be very much appreciated. I'm hoping to merge this in to the version 3 branch soon and work on that branch for a while before officially releasing this as a new version,

Many thanks,

Andrew Millington
Learning Applications Development Team Manager | Digital Learning Applications and Media
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1266 | H West, Argyle House, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR

On 20/06/18 21:13, Stephen P Vickers wrote:

WebPA is LTI compliant - there is an open source connector available at:

  http://www.spvsoftwareproducts.com/php/webpa-lti/

It currently uses LTI 1 and the Basic Outcomes service, and (optionally) the unofficial Memberships extension for populating modules with users. I already have code which would allow this to be upgraded to LTI 2 and should soon have the option of supporting the official Membership (Names and Role Provisioning service).  If anyone is interested in this then please let me know.

Stephen

On 20/06/18 18:04, Lust Griet wrote:

As we speak, we are working on a connection between WEBPA and our Canvas through the API.

So this message means we should stop this since WEBPA will not be operational in the near future? Could you let us know?

Anyway, it would be interesting to have a plugin (with similar functionality as WebPA) that is LTI-compatible with multiple LMSs such as Canvas, Blackboard, Moodle etc.

Griet

Projectleader Canvas

Educational Development

Howest, part of association University of Ghent.

*Van:*WebPA <[log in to unmask]> *Namens *Kar-On Lee
*Verzonden:* woensdag 20 juni 2018 16:40
*Aan:* [log in to unmask]
*Onderwerp:* Re: WebPA Replacement / Moodle Plugin

There is interest to revive an old project that involves peer evaluation.  We used ipeer for the MVP, but it can be anything as long as it's an LTI. That way it can port into Canvas, Noodle, D2L etc.

Currently it is on hold as we find funding.

If anyone wants to collaborate please feel free to connect.


On Jun 20, 2018, at 05:33, Andrew Millington <[log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:

    I have actually started updating the core code of WebPA to fully
    support PHP 7 and would be looking for testers for this in due course.

    I think longer term, the application probably does need a rewrite
    but updating to support PHP 7 should suffice for now,

    *Andrew Millington*
    /Learning Applications Development Team Manager/*|* Digital Learning
    Applications and Media
    <https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/about/organisation/learning-teaching-web/teams/dlam>
    Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1266 <tel:+44%20131%20651%201266> *|* H West,
    Argyle House, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR

    On 20/06/18 13:20, Stephen P Vickers wrote:

        It would be very interesting to hear your reasons for wanting to
        write a replacement for WebPA, rather than updating the existing
        code.

        But if you are intent on producing a replacement, have you
        considered writing it as an LTI Tool Provider?  In that way you
        could support other VLEs and widen the pool of potential
        contributors.  That is, unless the Basic Outcomes and Membership
        (Names and Role Provisioning) services are insufficient for your
        needs.

        Stephen

        On 20/06/18 12:42, Jeremy wrote:

            Hi All,

            Regrettably it seems WebPA has reached end of life and we
            need to find a replacement.

            Having looked at the available options we are now looking
            into writing a Moodle plugin to replicate the workflow and
            algorithm of WebPA (Workshop does not do what we need).

            I am posting here to find out if there is any interest from
            other Moodle using institutions interested in contributing
            to this either in terms of functionality / requirements or
            development work?

            Thanks, Jeremy

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