Layout course editing

Jump to: navigation, search

Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.0. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Layout course editing.

The Layout Course Editing module is a non-standard module for Moodle 1.5 and 1.6 versions. It is a javascript based script that will quickly and graphically move, add and remove activities and blocks in course edit mode.

Course Layout Editor

  • allows graphical (quick) editing of course layout
    • move activities and sections around with javascript
    • add activities from other courses
    • move , add, delete activities and sideblocks
  • make a backup copy of the course/format/... that you wish to patch
  • unzip layout2.zip in that format folder
  • copy back the format.php from the backup'd folder
  • make the suggested patch in the README provided
  • a new link should appear when in "course edit" mode pointing to layout.php
  • Timothy Takemoto reports that it works fine in moodle 1.6 (although it is unchanged from moodle 1.5)


todo: package in standard manner and upload in standard spot on moodle server, and include appropriate credits and licence notice

Layout Editor Version 1.6a

  • Created by Audun Hauge, modified by Timothy Takemoto and packaged by Bruno Vernier (c) GPL 2005-2006
    • note: there are at least 2 minor forks of the original version for moodle 1.5
    • Bruno attempted to merge them for moodle 1.6 into this package
    • please let him have any new patches at bruno.vernier@gmail.com

Installation

  1. download from http://moodle.org/mod/data/view.php?d=13&rid=491
  2. Unzip this file at the root folder of moodle source code
  3. You will next need to MANUALLY add a link within your existing course formats to allow for the layout editor to be enabled.
  4. edit course/format/whatever/format.php (or to skip this part, see tip at bottom of this page)
  5. Look for the commented line /// Start main column and adjust it to appear as shown below.
   Change:
   /// Start main column
   echo '<td id="middle-column">';
   print_heading_block(get_string('weeklyoutline'), 'outline');


   To:
   /// Start main column
   echo '<td id="middle-column">';
   $extra = "";
   if (isediting($course->id)) {
       $extra = '   <a title="'.get_string('layout','layout').'"
       href="'.$CFG->wwwroot.'/course/layout/layout.php?id='.$course->id.'">'.get_string('layout','layout').'</a>';
   }
   print_heading_block(get_string('weeklyoutline').$extra, 'outline');

note: if you are using "topics" or "social", change the get_string parameter in the line above to the same as in the original line

Using this Feature

  • A link to the course layout editor will appear once editing has been turned on.
  • if you don't want to make the patch above, just create a bookmark like this:
    • (URL to your moodle site)/course/layout/layout.php?id=(course id number)
  • The editor provides a simple to use click and drag interface to allow for a quick and simple adjustment of moodle course design and flow.