Flexible sections course format

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 3.1. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle is probably available here: Flexible sections course format.

This course format looks very similar to Topics format except:

  1. there is no limit to the number of sections which can be added and removed as necessary
  2. sections can also be added inside other sections
  3. each section (regardless of its nesting level) can be shown expanded or collapsed. Teacher can change it in edit mode.
  4. If a section is displayed collapsed, its name is displayed as a link to the separate page and on this separate page the link "Back to ... " is displayed
  5. If teacher hides a section all nested sections and activities become hidden as well.

Please note that if a section has both activities and subsections, activities are displayed first.

How it works

Once installed by an administrator, a teacher can select the flexible sections course format from Course administration >Edit settings.

The sections then appear in 'boxes' in the course and when the editing is turned on, the teacher can add sections within sections:

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The teacher can decide, for each subsection, whether to display all the contents expanded or collapsed:

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'Collapsed' will display a link to the subsection(s) and the student clicks on one to access its content: flexible04.png

When the student has finished with the content in that subsection, a link takes them back to the original course section:

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The teacher can make some subsections collapsed and some expanded (such as with 'Reading materials' in the next screenshot). Expanded subsections show their title and content in a similar way to using labels to divide up activities in a regular course format:

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