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Course categories organize courses for all Moodle site participants. The default course category on a new Moodle site is "Miscellaneous" (although this can be renamed) A Course creator, Administrator or Manager can put all courses in the Miscellaneous category. However, teachers and students will find it easier to find their classes if they are organized in descriptive categories.
The list of courses within a category by default shows the teachers and the summary of each course. If the number of courses within a category exceeds 9 (10 or more), then a short list without teachers and summary is shown.
Adding a category
Most people organize their courses by department and college or by topic. Be sure to test the organizational scheme with a few users before entering a large number of courses, to save time in moving them later.
Adding categories is very simple:
- Go to Settings>Site Administration>Courses>Add/edit courses
- Click the "Add a new category" button.
- Type the name of your new category in the text area and click the button.
Editing or moving a category
- You can edit the details of a course category by clicking the edit icon next to its name in Settings>Site Administration>Courses>Add/edit courses. (1)
- You can move categories up or down by clicking the up/down arrow next to the category you wish to move (2)
- You can make one category a subcategory of another by selecting from the drop down menu "Move category to" (3)
If the category is visible, the course category description will be displayed to users when they enter the category, above the list of courses.
Adding sub course categories
Course sub-categories may be created by adding a new course category then using the "move category to" drop-down menu to move the category inside another category. Similarly, sub-sub-categories etc. may be created.
You can add sub-categories directly in the category you want it in. Simply enter the course category, Turn Editing On, and click 'Add a sub-category'.
Categories may be easily hidden or shown via Administration block > Courses > Add/edit courses. Click on the icon to show or hide a category. Hidden categories are only visible to site administrators. By default, all courses inside a hidden category are not available for students to access, but you can go to Administration > Front Page >Front Page Settings and click the checkbox to 'Allow visible courses in hidden categories'.
Setting category depth
You can limit the number of categories that are displayed in the front page 'List of Categories' or 'Combo List' by adding the following line to your config.php:
$CFG->max_category_depth = n;
Where n is the maximum number of categories you wish to display.
Assigning users a role in a course category
To assign users a role in a course category, access Site Administration > Courses > Add/edit courses, click on the course category then click the 'Assign roles' link at top right of the page.
Using Moodle forum discussions: