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Tracker module

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Module overview

This module provides a light but full featured ticket tracker within a Moodle environment. This tracker could be used by administrators to collect issues from Moodle end users, or may be as a real bug tracking tool for project oriented activities.

Recently has the semantics of the string being reviewed to allow a more general scope use of the tracker, whenever the need of "service ticketting" appears.

The internal tracker module of Moodle have following features :

Tracker configuration

  • Setting up ticket form elements
  • File attachment fields available

Ticket management

  • Collecting tickets
  • Assigning tickets to assignees
  • Status workflow (posted, opened, working, testing, resolved, blocked, abandonned, transfered).
  • Suscribing to ticket's notifications
  • Notifying changes to suscribers
  • Complete personal management of notifications and subscriptions
  • Summary of capabilities and owned tickets
  • Separating concluded tickets (resolved, abandonned, transferred) from working tickets (posted, working, blocked)
  • Ticket dependancy chaining
  • Messaging threads (globally disablable) attached to tickets

Default assignee

A user that is known as "resolver" can be assigned "as default" to all incoming tickets.

Priority related features

  • Managing ticket priority (controls are active when choosing priority as ordering criteria)
  • Asking for priority raise from the owner of the ticket

State change tracking

the tracker records and displays history of events that were attached to the ticket.

Subtracker binding

As this ticket has no internal ticket classification in sub tracks, the usual setup is to use several instances bound into a super/sub-tracker structure. Each tracker can have subtrackers to which some incoming ticket can be rerouted.

It is thus sinple to provide a global input tracker a manager will use to collect "everything" and then dispatch each ticket.question to the appropriate instance.

Ticket events

  • POSTED: Ticket has been posted by originator and not yet viewed by anyone.
  • OPEN: Someone has opened the ticket.
  • RESOLVING: Some assigned user or ticket manager starts working on the track.
  • WAITING: Something blocks (external request) the work on this ticket.
  • TESTING: Solution is proposed, but needs to be tested by originator
  • RESOLVED: Issue is solved. This should be the final state in short life-cycle.
  • ABANDONNED: Issue is abandonned as no more relevant.
  • TRANSFERED: Query has been trasnfered to another tracker
  • PUBLISHED: In case resolution only affects a qualification environmet, published tells the solution has been published to production instance.
  • VALIDATED: Solution is finally checked as operative in production (definitive) environment. This should be the final state in long life-cycle.

Short Life-Cycle

This is to apply in "single step work process", when first publication of the solution is enough to get things approved.


Long Life-Cycle

This is to apply in "dual step work process", that is approval is first agreed on a pre-production worplace, then published for effective production


Moodle Network functions

  • Moodle Network across cascading from a tracker to a remote tracker (local cascade works either within the same Moodle instance).

Local Roles Management

Tracker has its own internal user profiles, that will merely separate population into:

  • Administrators: will be allowed to change the form structure and all settigns of the tracker instance
  • Resolvers: are allowed to change the ticket status and thus closing or resolving tickets. They also can assign tickets to developers.
  • Developers: usually people that will handle the ticket and search for a solution.
  • Requirers: any user able to post a ticket.

Internal tracker roles are bound to Moodle roles through tracker specific capabilities. See the tracker capabilities documentation beneath for more information.


Common user screens

  • Ticket recollection form
  • Viewing ticket list
    • Exploring ticket list (non manager mode)
    • Searching a ticket
    • Viewing a ticket description
  • User profile, stats and shortcuts
    • My preferences : choosing on which events to be notified
    • My watches : managing which entries I receive notifications from
    • My searches : managing stored search queries for my own

Resolver screens

  • Viewing ticket list
    • Exploring ticket list (manager mode)
    • Exploring tickets assigned to *me*
    • Editing a ticket entry

Administrator screens

  • Activity summary
  • Managing bug tracking form elements
  • Configuring tracker local or remote cascade


Capabilities for Tracker module