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printKeywords: navigate, click, link, menu, heading, home page, My home, pages, courses, module topics, course navigation, usability

What is it?

The navigation block will appear on every page of UCL Moodle and contains links to help users navigate.

An expanding tree menu includes My home, Site Pages and Courses. Other links that appear in the navigation block depends on the role of the user, where they within UCL Moodle, and any settings that have been applied globally.

Why use it?

The navigation block is necessary to navigate Moodle easily.

Who can use it?

Everyone can use the block once they log in to Moodle.

Before I start...

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Meeting the Baseline

The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Structure:

  •  1.2 Minimise cognitive load - ensure the navigation block is set to Generate navigation for the following: Everything (see below). This means users will be able to navigate your course easily by clicking on the menu links and without scrolling through all of the content.

How do I set one up?

The navigation block is by default on all Moodle courses but is not automatically configured to display links to each section on a course. To ensure it does this:

  • Turn editing on.
  • Click the cog icon and select 'Configure Navigation block'.
  • Generate navigation for the followingEverything.
  • Click Save changes.

Further help

Further guidance on the Navigation block is available from moodledocs.

If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).

If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.


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