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printKeywords: HTML, media, text, information

What is it?

The Free Text (HTML) block is used to display text, links, graphics and videos inside a block.

Why use it?

 It is useful for displaying supplementary information and is commonly used to display contact details for key teaching and support staff on a Moodle page. 

Who can use it?

Course editors (tutors and course administrators) can add one or more HTML blocks to a course.

Students can view the content contained in the blocks and can click the links, view images and watch videos contained in them.

Before I start...


Meeting the Baseline

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

How do I set one up?

  1. Turn editing on.
  2. At the bottom of the right-column, find the Add a block block and select 'Free Text (HTML) block' from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click the cog icon and select 'Configure Free Text (HTML) block'.
  4. Add content to the block using the Text editor. To embed HTML, click the <> HTML button to toggle the editor into HTML view.
  5. Click Save changes.

Further help

Further guidance on

the HTML block is available from moodledocs.

Note: on Moodle.org this block is referred to as simply the HTML block.

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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