Course formats

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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 formats.

A course format refers to the layout of a course. They can be changed by the course Course administration block under settings.


Standard course formats

Pacing for 2012 Academic Year

Elementary Computer Course

January: Students will learn how to use paint tools and insert it in MS Word

February and March: Learning how to make presentations in MS Power Point • Insert pictures • Working with custom animations • Inserting movie clipart • Inserting audio • Working with hyperlinks

April: Learning MS Publisher • Flyers • Posters • Brochure • Banners • Cards May Students will be introduces in the MS Excel program • Surveys • Enter data • Graphic charts

Social format

Social format example
This format is oriented around one main forum, the social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more free form. They may not even be courses. The Moodle Lounge is an example of a social format course.

The social forum can be edited by clicking the 'Update this forum' button on the social forum page. The forum introduction is displayed at the top of the course page (in Moodle 1.9.5 onwards).

Weekly format, CSS/no tables

The CSS / No Tables variant of the Weekly format displays the Weekly course format without using tables for layout. This improves the accessibility of the format, but older browsers have trouble displaying it correctly. This format is available in Moodle 1.6 onwards.

Contributed course formats

Page format

Also known as Flexpage, this format is very similar to the Book resource format in a Moodle course. It consists of a theme, course format, and menu module which enables blocks and modules to be intermixed on a 3 column layout, provide tab based navigation through course content, inline display of resources and forums, etc. For more information on Flexpage, please visit this site (You can self-register for this Moodle course.) This feature was developed by a Moodle partner Moodlerooms, Inc.

Collapsed Topics and Weeks formats

Collapsed Topics and its sister format, Collapsed Weeks are formats that are essentially the same as the standard Topic (Course_sections#Topics_format) and Weekly (Course_sections#Weekly_format) formats but with a 'toggle' for each section except '0'. The toggles' purpose is to reduce the amount of initial information presented to the user thus reducing the 'scroll of death' that can plague courses with a lot of content. The 'state' of the toggles is remembered on a per course per user basis. Collapsed Weeks automatically opens the current week. There are versions available for Moodle 1.8, 1.9 and 2.0. For more information, please visit Collapsed_Topics_course_format and Collapsed_Weeks_course_format.

See also

Using Moodle forum discussions: