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==See also==
==See also==
*[[Blocks_2.0|Blocks 2.0]]
*[[Blocks FAQ]]
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*[[Block permissions]]
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*[[Site administration block]]
*[[Site administration block]]
*[[Development:Blocks]] - a developer guide to creating blocks
*[[Development:Blocks]] - a developer guide to creating blocks
*[[:Category:Block]] - an index of all block-related pages
*[[:Category:Contributed code]] including a number of contributed blocks
*[[:Category:Contributed code]] including a number of contributed blocks
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=2121 Blocks forum]
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=2121 Blocks forum]

Revision as of 08:36, 6 August 2011

Note: Blocks 2.0 contains details on changes to Blocks in Moodle 2.0. Please refer to these notes before editing this page

This is an overview of Blocks in Moodle 2.0. For a more detailed explanation, please go to Blocks 2.0

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.

Activities A block used by teachers to add activities
Admin Bookmarks
Blog Menu
Blog Tags
Calendar - display calendar
Community Finder
Course Completion Status
Course/Site Description
Logged in User
Mentees block
My Private Files
Online Users - only online Participants
People - link to Participants
Quiz Results
Random Glossary Entry
Remote RSS Feeds
Section Links

Other blocks

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

Course page block arrangement

Two blocks in a course

New blocks can be added using the Add blocks drop-down menu. Existing blocks (except Sticky blocks) can be hidden, deleted or moved up, down, or across to the other column using the icons in the block header.

User with editing roles, need to turn on editing on the page to add or move blocks.

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