Blocks are the smaller boxes that appear on the sides of your Moodle course page. Some of these are specified by Moodle (such as Navigation and Settings) and some have been added here at Amherst (such as Need Help?). In addition you can add additional blocks to your course to show the information you want your students to see.
Turn editing on for your course. You will now find a block labeled Add a block. Pull down the Add menu and select the type of block you want to add.
Once the block is added you will see four icons near the top of the block when editing is turned on. These icons collapse the block to just the header, dock the block, move the block and one allows to change settings for the block. The settings vary with the block.
Detailed documentation on blocks is available through moodle.org.
The number of different types of blocks may go up or down as we add new block types based on faculty requests. Currently we have the following blocks available.
- Activities: This block will contain a list of all activity types. Clicking on one will bring up a list of all activities in the course of that type.
- Attendance: Block access to attendance activities.
- Comments: Allows students to add comments on the course.
- Courses: Shows users a list of their enrolled courses
- HTML: Shows text (or images, or links) entered by the Instructor. Similar to a label, but appears in a block.
- i>Clicker: Handles courses that use personal response systems (clickers).
- Latest news: Shows the most recent posts in the News Forum.
- Logged in user: Shows the name and picture (if available) if the person logged in. Appears to be designed for proctored exams in order for verify that the person taking the exam is who they say they are.
- Mass Actions: Allows a common action to affect a group of content items. This block with only work with, and be available in, courses that use either the Weekly or Topics course format.
- Online users: Shows all the participants in the course who are currently on line. The list is updated every five minutes.
- Private files: Access and management of personal files stored on the Moodle server.
- Quickmail: Direct access to the mail interface within Moodle.
- Quicksets: A quick way to change a course's availability. It also lets and instructor quickly change how many sections a course has. This block is not visible by students.
- Random glossary entry: If you’ve set up a course Glossary, this will display a random entry each time a user visits the course.
- Recent activity: Shows changes to the course, including creation of new resources and activities, forum postings, and assignment submissions.
- Remote RSS feeds: Shows a RSS feeds topics. (Example block used above is a remote RSS feed block).
- Search forums
- Upcoming events: Shows events you have added to your course’s calendar. If you have scheduled Moodle quizzes and assignments on your course page, these will automatically show up on your course calendar.