Course overview block

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Course overview block.

The Course overview block is visible on a user's Dashboard and shows a list of all courses in which a user is enrolled/has an assigned role.

By default this block appears in the central content block on the Dashboard but can be moved to the left or right column.

Activities with due dates and unread forum posts are displayed for each of the courses in the block. Clicking on an icon (1 in screenshot below) will expand the setting to give more information and direct the user to the relevant activity (2 in screenshot below):


(New in 2.9) In the case of assignments, they will only display when the student needs to submit - or resubmit - and for teachers, when they have assignments which need grading.

Expanding the alert for more details

Customising the course order

When a user clicks the "customise this page" button, they can then rearrange their courses by dragging them into different places. They can also choose how many courses they wish to display:

Deciding how many courses to display
Moving a course
Courses have been reordered

Site administration settings

  • An administrator can set the default maximum number of courses and whether to force this number in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Blocks > Course overview.
  • The setting 'Showchildren" allows for child courses to be listed under the main course settings.
  • 'Show welcome area" when checked will display a welcome area above the course list.

Categories (and subcategories) may be displayed below each course with the setting 'Categories to show'.

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