The Text and Media area allows you to add text, or images and media to the Moodle course homepage.
Text and Media Areas can be used to help organise your Moodle course homepage and provide signposts for students to understand the information available to them. For example, they are often used to place headings (using the appropriate heading style) above lists of documents, such as Lecture Materials, or Worksheets.
You may also choose to embed media, such as videos, into the course homepage. It is suggested you avoid doing this unless you are using the OneTopic (Tabs) course format, as otherwise, the video will appear as part of a long, scrolling page. You should certainly avoid more than 1 video per page. If you are using another course format you should consider embedding the video into a page, book, or lesson instead.
Consider whether you want to add the content to the course homepage, or whether you would be better placing the content within a page, book, or lesson instead to keep the course homepage free of clutter.
The Orientation category advises that you should:
2.3 Display staff contact details - Include name, position, telephone, email, location, drop-in hours, as appropriate.
Log into Moodle, go to the course you want to add the page to and use the toggle switch to turn 'Edit mode' on.
In the topic you wish to add the page to, click the '+' sign to Add an activity or resource.
From the menu Select 'Text and Media area', this will open your text and media area.
Enter the text, video, images you would like to appear in the area, making sure to choose the appropriate heading styles for headings (large, medium, small) and avoiding CAPITALISED and italicised text, which are difficult to read on screen.
Scroll to the bottom and click 'Save and return to course'.
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.
If using Text and Media areas for headings make sure you use the correct heading level (large, medium or small) in order to help students using screen readers to navigate your page and maintain consistency in the visual appearance of your course for sighted users. Never bold the text instead of using a heading style, as this won't appear as a heading to those using screen readers.
If you are using a tabbed course format you might embed a video into a Texta and Media area within a tab (course section). However, avoid placing more than one video onto a single Moodle page, as it will make it difficult for students to navigate and will clutter the page. Consider using a book (which has multiple pages) instead.
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