Course administration block

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Course administration block.


Most of the links in the administration block in a course are only visible and available to teachers of the course. Students see a course administration block with just two links - Profile and Grades (assuming "Show grades" is set to yes in the course settings).

Please use the menu on the right to find more specifics about each course setting.

Features in the administration block allow teachers to manage Course settings, student and teacher enrollments and their groups, view the course gradebook, create custom grading scales and access the Teacher forum. The teacher forum is a private forum only available to teachers of that course. It can be used to discuss the course content, the direction the course could take or even to attach files to that can be shared among the course teachers.


Moodle 1.9 course administration block


Common adjusted settings

There are many ways to set up a course. Here are a few ideas about course settings.

Under Edit settings, teachers can set the course format, which changes how the Course sections in the center column will appear to the student. Here are 4 common settings:

The "Hide sections" will only show the student the name of the section but not the content with a section is hidden by the teacher or Moodle.

Another feature of the course administration block is the Files link. For Moodle 2.0 users, please see Repositories. A teacher can upload any digital content for inclusion in an activity or as a resource for viewing or downloading. Files can be moved, renamed, or deleted. Some files can be edited directly. Teachers can also create a directory and display the whole contents of that directory to course students using the "add resource" drop down in any course section. Of course if your content resides out on the web then you don't need to upload the files at all by using the "add resource" menu or creating an HTML link on a content page.

Using the availability setting can hide the course from students but allow the teacher to work on it.

Moodle 2.0 changes

Moodle 2.0

Course administration can be found as a sub menu in the Settings block. Click on Course administration to expand the sub menu. There have been several changes.
Course Administration expanded in 2.0

(Note too that if admin has enabled the Legacy_course_files repository a link to this will also appear here.)

See also