See how to change between different course formats and layout settings. This can help you to avoid "the scroll of death".
Moodle offers five formats in which to display your course. We recommend four of them for general use;
- Topics format - the default option. Topics appear one under the other.
- Tabs format - topics appear one at a time with a tabbed menu at the top of the course page.
- Collapsed topics format - Topics appear one under the other, but are initially collapsed/hidden
- Grid format - topics appear one at a time with a 'grid' style graphical navigation of the course page.
To change your course format, go to the Settings block, click on Course Administration -> Edit settings
Go to Course format, choose your preferred format. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Save changes.
Topics format is the most commonly used format. It gives you a page with sequential topic sections one under another.
Formatting options – course layout
'Show all sections on one page' – this is the most common course format setting. You will see all topics displayed on the page, one underneath another.
'Show one section per page' - you will see a 'course summary' when you first enter the course. Each topic heading is visible (and acts as a hyperlink to that topic) and below is a summary of the number and type of resources in each topic.
Once you click into a topic you will continue to see Topic 0 at the top of the screen and the topic you have selected displayed below. You will also see 'Previous' and 'Next' topic navigation buttons.
In the tabs format you see one section at a time with a tabbed navigation at the top. Tabs format works well when you have fewer than about 8 sections. More than this and the tabbed navigation becomes cluttered. The tabs take their names from the Topic titles.
The tabs format includes the ability to:
- Add and remove tabs - by clicking the small + or - icons to the right of the last tab
- Move the current tab to a new location in another tab - in edit mode a 'Tabs editing options' link near the bottom, left back button (which takes you to the previous tab), you can temporarily enable the ability to move items between tabs.
- Editing actions are only enabled for the current session, it is not permanent. Therefore, Moodle will revert back to disabling this setting next time you log in.
Formatting options – course layout
'Show all sections on one page' – this is the most common course format setting. You will see one topic displayed on the page at a time with Previous' and 'Next' topic navigation buttons.
'Show one section per page' - we don't recommend that you use this setting with Tabs format. Topic 0 is permanently displayed at the top of the screen and the topic you have selected displayed below. You will also see 'Previous' and 'Next' topic navigation buttons. The tabs navigation gets displayed BETWEEN topic 0 and the current topic.
Collapsed topics format
Collapsed topics format gives a nice 'accordion' style layout, with all the section heading appearing in a list. When you click on a heading it expands to display the section content below it. This format comes with a set of default colours and icons, but you can edit its behaviour and style in the course settings when you select the format.
Grid format displays a gird of clickable inages that link through to each of your course sections. This format comes with a set of default colours and icons - and blank placeholders for the images. You can edit its behaviour and style in the course settings when you select the format, and you can edit the grid images on the course homepage itself with editing turned on.
Other formatting options common to Topics and Tabs formats are:
1. You can select the number of topics of tabs you want to have in your course.
2. You can choose how hidden sections display to students (hidden topics display an 'unavailable' message – not recommended).