- Locate the Administration block, click Course Administration and Edit settings
- Scroll to Course format and choose your preferred format:
Topics is the most commonly used format. The course is organised into topic sections that a teacher can give titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources and labels.
Tabs (onetopic) format
Tabs show one section at a time with an optional tabbed navigation at the top of the page. Tabs work particularly well when you have fewer than 8 sections, and/or you keep the titles short. If there are many tabs, or they have long titles, they tend to push down onto 3 lines on a computer screen and it becomes difficult to navigate, especially for students with dyslexia. If your topics have longer titles the 'Collapsed topics' format looks better and is equally easy to navigate. Unfortunately, Tabs are not ideal for screen reader users and sub-tabs are completely inaccessible. So presently, the Collapsed topics format is recommended.
Collapsed topics format
Collapsed topics provides an 'accordion' style layout, with all sections appearing in an expandable list. Each section can be expanded or collapsed independently of other sections, or you can expand or collapse all sections at once. This format comes with a range of editable style and behaviour options. It works well with screen readers and if you have longer topic titles. More Hence, to maximise the accessibility of courses, the Collapsed topics format is recommended. More information can be found on the Moodle plugin page.
Grid displays a grid of clickable images that link to each of your course sections. The format comes with a set of default colours, icons, and blank placeholders for the images. Their style and behaviour can be edited in the course settings. More information can be found at the Grid format Moodle plugin page.
- Single activity format
The single activity format only has 1 section, and allows the teacher to add one activity only to the course. When the single activity format is selected, a drop down menu appears for the teacher to choose the activity they wish to use.
The course is organized week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. Moodle will create a section for each week of your course. You can add content, forums, quizzes, and so on in the section for each week.
TIP: If you want all your students to work on the same materials at the same time, this would be a good format to choose.
NOTE: Make sure your course start date is correct. If it is not your weeks will have the wrong date on it. This is especially important if you are restoring a course to use with a new section of students.
- Social format
This format is oriented around one main forum,the social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more free form. They may not even be courses.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.