Dock a Block

Note that the docking of blocks is not yet supported in the "Boost" theme.

In the default configuration of Moodle, blocks occupy the left and right columns of the display.  This takes up space and can distract from the course material. Additionally, critical blocks can be hidden below the bottom of the display and require scrolling to reach.

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Moodle provides the ability to "dock" blocks. A docked block shows up as a label along the left edge of the display. To dock a block, click on the dock icon, [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"335275","attributes":{"alt":"block to dock icon","class":"media-image","desc":"block to dock icon","height":"12","media-element":"1","title":"","width":"12"}}]], in the upper right of the block. This will make lower blocks easier to get to. For example, docking the Navigation block moves the Administration block to the top. If you dock all the blocks in either the left or right column, you can widen the space available for course content. Additionally, unless you dock a lot of blocks, all the docked blogs will be available without scrolling.

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Blocks will appear top to bottom in the order they were docked.

To access the docked block, simply move your mouse over the block label in the docking area and the contents of the block will appear in a flyout format.

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Note that docking is controlled by individual users. An instructor can not dock the blocks in their course for the students.

To undock a block and return it to the default display location, either click on the undock icon, [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"335276","attributes":{"alt":"dock to block icon","class":"media-image","desc":"dock to block icon","height":"12","media-element":"1","title":"","width":"12"}}]], in the upper right of the flyout block, or click on the Undock icon at the bottom of the docking area to undock all the blocks.


Manage Guest Access

  1. For sites using the Amherst default theme: in the Administration block on the left, in the section Course administration, click on the link Users, and then on the link Enrollment methods and finally on Guest Access. Using the Boost theme? Click the Settings Menu (gear icon at top right), and select More. Select the Users tab, and then Guest Access.
  2. On the page Guest access, in the menu Allow guest access, select either Yes or No.
  3. Click on the button Save changes.

By default, courses are built with guest access turned off.

If you set guest access to Yes you can then attach a password. Only guests with the password will be allowed access.

Note that guests will have access to resources, but not to activities, E-Reserves or Video Reserves.

How to Create Groups

Moodle allows you to divide your students into groups.  You can then use the groups to divide activities. For example, if you use groups with a forum each group would get a different copy of the same forum. You can set the forum to prevent or allow students in one group to see postings done by members of another group.

See the group documentation at for a discussion of the types of groups. You must adjust the course settings to all for groups before you can create any.

Add a Page

A page is new screen which you can use to add anything that the editor allows. If you are tempted to create a label but it's getting too large to display on the main course page, create a new page to hold the content. Rather than having the text appear on the Moodle page, only a link appears. Clicking on the link opens a new page containing the text.

  1. From your course page, turn editing on and go to the Topic or Week in which you want to add a resource.
  2. Click the Activity Chooser menu and, under Resources, select Page.
  3. Type in a name for your page; this name will be displayed on your course’s Moodle page.
  4. The Description field is optional.
  5. Enter the text for the page in the Content section (not in the Description section!). Note that you can use the text editor to insert images, media, links to files, URL's, etc!
  6. Click Save at the bottom.

Add a Folder

How to add a folder in moodle resource for a course.

Add Text to a Section

  1. Turn editing on using the button in the upper right or the one in in the Course Administration section of the Administration block. Using the Boost theme? Click the Settings Menu (gear icon at top right), and select Turn Editing On.
  2. Pull down the Edit menu in the upper right of the section.  Click on Edit Section.
  3. If you'd like to rename the section, uncheck the Use default section name box and enter the new name.
  4. Add any text (or images, links or media) in the summary box. 
  5. Click the Save changes button.

If you are using the weekly course format, the section for the current week will be automatically highlighted even if you’ve renamed it. You can switch to a topics-based format in your Course settings.


Upload a File

You can add any type of file to your Moodle site for students to download.