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A '''Moodle block''' is a plugin that load in the right-hand and left-hand side of the page, where they can display different types of information.
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A '''Moodle block''' contains a feature that loads in the right-hand or left-hand side of a [[Course homepage|course's home page]]. There are several types of standard Moodle blocks, and others are available as [[Contributed code]]. If needed, each block type can be used multiple times on a page.
  
A teacher can utilize many kinds of blocks in a course page. Typically a course home page contains blocks in the left and right columns.
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Blocks can also appear or be used in other places, such as on the [[Front Page]], in some activities, and in a student's [[My Moodle]] page. Administrators can add [[Sticky blocks]] in a site which will appear in every course.
  
 
==Block types==
 
==Block types==

Revision as of 21:25, 25 October 2010

Default block positions for a new course page

A Moodle block contains a feature that loads in the right-hand or left-hand side of a course's home page. There are several types of standard Moodle blocks, and others are available as Contributed code. If needed, each block type can be used multiple times on a page.

Blocks can also appear or be used in other places, such as on the Front Page, in some activities, and in a student's My Moodle page. Administrators can add Sticky blocks in a site which will appear in every course.

Block types

There are many different types of blocks in a course that can be used by a teacher. The teacher can add blocks from a pull down menu. Other blocks provide information or settings that a teacher may use. Some activities allow blocks to be inserted by the teacher.

Pull down

Each course has an add block pull down menu.

Blogs - Tags and Menu (from 1.6 onwards)
Calendar - display calendar
Global Search block
HTML - Use HTML editor in content area
Loan Calculator (from 1.6 onwards)
Mentees block (from 1.8 onwards)
Messages
Online Users - only online Participants
People - link to Participants
Quiz Results
Random Glossary Entry
Remote RSS Feeds
Section Links
Block add dropdown list teacher 1 8.JPG

Other blocks

There are also many contributed blocks available for download from the modules and plugins database including:

Course page block arrangement

The People block with editing turned on

Teachers, and other users with the capability to manage course activities, can change the arrangement of blocks on the course page (apart from Sticky blocks) when editing is turned on.

New blocks can be added using the Add blocks dropdown menu. Existing blocks (apart from Sticky blocks) can be hidden, deleted or moved using the icons in the block header.

Adding blocks to activities

Certain activity modules, such as the Lesson module and the Quiz module, support blocks on their pages. The site administrator must turn this function on so that the teachers will be able to add side blocks on those pages, otherwise the interface does not show this feature to the teacher.

By default, this feature is disabled in the Site administration block. An administrator can enable it by checking the showblocksonmodpages box in Administration > Appearance > Themes > Theme settings. When enabled, users who can manage course activities will be able to add blocks to pages.

See also