This guide helps staff choose the optimal settings for helping students find what they need in their Moodle course.
Choose a Format
The Course Format influences how the content sections of your Moodle course display.
Enable complementary Blocks
Choose and position blocks on the page that will helps students and staff navigate and see new content and announcements.
Succinct, meaningful titles and names
Sections are the central parts of your Moodle course where you link to resources and activities. Give each Section a succinct title so that the various menus and links generated by Moodle are meaningful (rather than the generic and unhelpful Topic 1, Topic 2, etc). This helps students orientate themselves, build a mental model of the course, and navigate between sections.
Make all your names succinct, meaningful and distinct from each other. If you can't cram all the information you need into the name or title, then supplement by using the Description or Summary field for that element.
But do keep names and titles short.
Show all sections on one page? Or one per page?
You may notice from your course Settings that you have the option (in Course Layout) to either show all sections on one page or show one section per page.
To know - with Tabs Format you can't configure the course to show all sections on one page, even though it looks as if you can. And with Topics or Weekly Format, you only see the different if you keep the Section Summary very minimal (use a Label instead). Showing one section per page in Tabs format also adds topic 0 above the tab navigation. It looks a bit odd and is to be avoided.
Minimal course home page
Of course, this is your judgment call. That said, the more there is on any one web page, the harder it is to make any one thing stand out, or to indicate relationships and importance.
Moodle seems to invite you to put everything on your home page - but in fact gives many opportunities for a deeper structure. For example, the Book resource is a collection of web pages with its own navigation. Gallery lets you display collections of images. Folders let you post collections of texts behind a single link.