Formatting course layout
Once you have logged in to Moodle, the My Courses page lists all courses you are associated with either as an instructor, teaching assistant or student. Students will see a very similar page when they log in to Moodle, which will contain all courses they are registered in and that have been made available to them.
The course title displayed in red indicates it is available to students, a grey title indicates that the course is not yet available to students even if they are registered in it. As an instructor you can make the course available to your students when you would like them to see the course.
To enter a course, click on the course name from the My Courses page. The course main page will appear and is divided into three sections, left, middle, right. The left and right sections will display blocks, which provide access to various activities, resources and settings.
The middle area of the course main page is your workspace and will contain learning materials you will incorporate into your course such as documents, files, assignments, quizzes, discussion forums and so on. This area is divided into sections, or topics, which can organized by week or by topic. The first topic displayed on the course page is a general topic where you can put a welcome message, the syllabus or any other documents that are not related to individual sections of the course.
You can opt to display the entire course content on one page by changing the course layout option to Show all sections on one page in the course settings.By default one section is displayed per page. In this layout, all the course section (or topic) titles are displayed on the course main page, and you can view resources and activities in each topic by clicking on the topic link. Links to adjacent topics alongside the topic name will allow you to easily navigate to next and previous topic.
To edit the course, you will need to turn editing on, which will display editing icons associated with all editable items such as activities, resources and blocks. Click the Turn editing on button at top right of your course.
allows you to change activity/resource name from course page.
allows you to indent the content
allows you to outdent the content
allows you to move the content between and within topics using drag and drop.
allows you to update settings for content.
allows you to duplicate content.
allows you to delete content.
and is a toggle icon to hide or show the Activity or Resource
allows you to assign a particular user with a different role than the course default for that activity or resource.
and is a toggle icon to hide or show the block
allows you to highlight the item as the current topic or week.
On the left and right sides of the course main page you will see several Blocks with grey title bars. A Block is a small area of a Moodle page that offers specialized functionality. By default, your course will have the Navigation, Administration, Recent Activity, Activities and Library Resources blocks.
- Click the Turn editing on button in the top right hand corner.
- Select the block you will like to add from the Add a Block drop-down list (which displays all available blocks not already added to your course page). This block is usually the last block on either the left or right side.
- To move the block, drag and drop the block into the desired position.
allows you to update the settings for the block.
allows you to remove a block from the course page (returns it to the Add Block list). When prompted to confirm that you want to delete the block, click Yes.
and allow you to show and hide the block from students. When it is hidden, it is minimized and the title bar is freyed-out in the teacher's course.
allows you to minimize the option list within the block and displays only the title bar.
allows you to maximize and display the list of available options when the block is minimized.
allowsyou to dock the block to the side of the left side of the page.
Docking a block only affects your own view.Each Block on your course main page can be moved from the default location to the dock on the left side of the page. Docking is one way to provide more space for the middle section of the course main page where most of your content and learning activities will be located.
The symbol is used to pin Blocks to the dock. The dock is located at the left edge of the page. Docking places a Block along the left edge (dock) of the screen, displaying only its title. By hovering the mouse over the docked Block, its feature list will display.
Blocks can be undocked by hovering on the docked Block and clicking the icon next to the icon. To undock one or more Blocks quickly, click the undock icon at the bottom of the dock (bottom left of the page).