Keywords: navigation, news, settings, calendar, supplementary, contact details.
Blocks display information such as navigation menus, calendar information, latest news, who else is online etc.
Blocks can be added to the right side of the Moodle course homepage, where the main course content appears.
Blocks contain supplementary information to what's contained in the centre of the page (e.g. you might add contact details) and some blocks help your students to navigate the materials more easily.
Tutors and course administrators (who have course editing rights) can add blocks.
Students can view some blocks - to check what blocks they see, switch role to... student mode (available from the settings menu).
Note, that blocks will appear at the bottom of the page on smaller devices and also when the browser window is reduced in width. Therefore, you might like to minimise the number of blocks you include on your page.
You can choose to add blocks to the left, right or both sides of your Moodle course homepage and also on some activities and resources.
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Structure:
Note: Blocks that cannot be configured will not have this icon.
To delete a block, click the cog icon and from the drop-down menu choose to remove it.
Note: If you delete a HTML block you may want to copy the text to a text file before deleting it, so you can easily add it back again in future. All other blocks can be brought by simply re-adding
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.
At times, it may seem that your blocks have 'disappeared'. In most instances, the blocks have been docked. Refer to the section above for information on docking and undocking blocks.
The navigation block doesn't display course sections by default. It is recommended that course editors modify the navigation block settings, so it displays course sections to students and staff alike.
To display all course sections in the navigation block:
- None at this time.
- None at this time.
There are many blocks available - here is a useful descriptive list of UCL Moodle blocks.
Here are a few blocks in particular that we recommend for New Moodle:
Some blocks that we recommended in the past have been made redundant by tabs and drop-down menus that now appear at the top of the screen when you're in Moodle. These include: