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 lots of possible ways to set up a course using blocks, but teachers may be particularly interested in course formats which change how the course is presented to the learner. The weekly format is suitable for courses that have a clear start date and activities are presented in weekly blocks. Topic formatted courses are actually presented in a similar way but with the dates removed so activities can belong to general or specific areas of study. The social format doesn't use much content at all and is based around just one forum which is displayed on the main course page.

Another much used feature of the administration block is the Files link. From here you can upload any digital content for inclusion in an activity, resource, course section or for a direct download. These files can be moved, renamed, edited directly on the server (if they are HTML or text) or deleted. You 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 - you can link directly to them from inside the course using the link to file or website option.

In the course homepage there is a white square icon on the top right of a section which can be used to expand and collapse sections. You can also use the lightbulb icon to mark a topic as current.

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. Notice that "Repositories" has replaced Files in the menu.
Course Administration expanded in 2.0

See also