Course format options

In setting up your Moodle course, the default course given to you is set for Topics. Under this setting, you have several options. The default setting is Topics format. We recommend Topics, Collapsed or Weekly formats.

Click on the Format option for details:

Single Activity Format

Social Format

Collapsed Topics

Topics Format

Weekly Format

 

Single Activity Format

The single activity format requires the selection of one activity to be displayed in the course. For example, if using a SCORM package, frequently used in training programs, the single activity is useful. When selecting single activity, all other topic sections must be empty. A single activity must be selected.

Social Format

The social format option transforms the Moodle course into discussion forums only. You can then select how many discussions to display.

Collapsed Topics

The option to collapse the topics is helpful for students to gain control over how their Moodle page will look. Instead of a long scroll to topic sections toward the end of the semester, collapsed topics allows them to expand or collapse all or some of the sections.

Here is a screen shot of the options available when you choose Collapsed Topics:

Image of options available under Collapsed Topics format

 

Topics Format

This image is of the topics dropdown menu that allows up to 52 sections. The default is 10.

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Number of sections
The default number of Topic sections is 10. The limit is 52. The number can be increased from this setting in Edit Course Settings, or on the Home Page of your course there is a + and – sign at the end of the topics. Click the + sign to add a topic section. Click – to delete one. Note: If a section with activities or resources is deleted, the contents will remain on the page in an ORPHANED section. The contents WILL NOT be visible to the students. To reclaim the section, simply click on the + sign and the section will return with its contents intact.

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Hidden sections

This option determines whether hidden sections are shown to students in collapsed form. Both examples of what the students sees are shown below.

The choices of how hidden topics will be displayed

When the hidden sections are shown in collapsed form, the student sees this:

Display of topic hidden
Display of topic hidden

When the option “Hidden sections are completely invisible, this is what the student sees (Note: the words, topic 1 is not available are missing from this option):

 

 

example of hidden section
Example of a hidden section

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Weekly Format

The weekly format option allows a course to have sections for each week in the semester. Be sure to enter the course start and end dates for this option to be effective.

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