Introduction

Faculty can change the look and feel of their Moodle site by choosing a different course format. Many of the course formats below have the advantage of providing a more compact interface for navigating a Moodle site, instead of having to scroll down (and down, and down...) one long page.  

Instructions

Instructions: 

To change the course format:

  1. Go to your course's Moodle site.
  2. Look for your Administration block, and choose Edit Settings. 
  3. Scroll down to the Course Format section, and select one of the formats. See below for the various options.
  4. Depending on the format you selected, you will likely have additional setting options appear that are specific to that format. Click the name of the format below for further documentation. 
    course format settings

Course Formats

Weekly

This is the default format, which simply shows a section for each week on the main page. The dates are created automatically based on the start date of the course. 

Topics

Similar to weekly, but without any dates. Sections are named "Topic 1", "Topic 2", etc., and you can rename them as desired.

Collapsed Topics

Each section toggles open and shut. When they are all collapsed, you see a nice overview of the course sections. Items in the top-most section are always visible at the top. You can choose a different color scheme for the sections. 
collapsed topics

Tiles

The initial view shows each section as a clickable "Tile", and clicking a tile expands the content for that section. You can customize the tiles with different colors, icons, or background photos for each tile. Any items in the top-most section are always visible at the top. 

Initial View of Tiles format (with custom photos added):
tiles

View after clicking a tile:
tiles expanded

Buttons

Shows a series on "Buttons" at the top of the page, each representing a section of the Moodle page. Only one section shows at a time, and clicking a button displays a particular section. Buttons can be grouped or separated out under headings of your choice. Items in the top-most section can display at the top or bottom of the page.
buttons format

OneTopic

Similar to Buttons, displays one section at a time, with navigation links below the section and an optional tab menu at the top. Items in the top-most section can display at the top all the time, or as a clickable tab/section. 
onetopic format

We don't particularly recommend the Social or Single Activity Formats. 

Service Categories

Service Categories: 
Communication & Collaboration

Audience

Audience: 
Students
Faculty
Staff
Five College Students

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