The Workflow Multi-instance is used to manage the production of courses and some activities. It comprises a block and a related admin report, this plugin allows you to create more than one block instance for the same course.
A workflow is a linear sequence of steps. A step has
- a name
- some instructions;
- a check-list of actions;
- a list of roles who are responsible for performing this step;
- a list of actions that are taken automatically when the step is started/finished, for example assigning roles or changing activity settings.
- Create Multi workflow block for same course
The system allows the definition of different workflows. Each workflow has
- a name
- a description
- an indication of the type of thing it relates to (e.g. ‘course’, ‘mod_quiz’)
Under Admin -> Plugins -> Blocks -> Workflow, there is an interface for Administrators to define and edit workflows, and to import and export workflow definitions as XML.
To use a workflow to manage the production of, say, a course, you go to the course, and add a workflow block to it. Initially, the block will display a message “There is currently no workflow associated with this course.” with an Add workflow button. Clicking the button allows you to select from any of the workflows that are appropriate for ‘course’.
When the workflow is added to the course, the first step in the workflow becomes active. The workflow block now displays the step instructions for the currently active step; the checklist items as a list of check-boxes; a comments area; a Finish step button; and a link to the workflow overview.