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[[Image:Course edit on new 4.JPG|thumb|right|Default block positions for a new course page]]
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{{Managing a Moodle course}}
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 are items which may be added to the left or right or centre column of any page in Moodle. They may also be added to the centre of the Dashboard.  
  
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{{MediaPlayer | url = https://youtu.be/L4zKaIYl9K8 | desc = Overview of blocks}}
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Any block can be made 'sticky' so that it appears in all the contexts below, such as throughout a course or a particular activity - see [[Block settings]].
  
==Block types==
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Blocks can be placed on the side of the screen (if your theme supports it) via the [[Dock]] icons ( [[Image:Dock_to_block.png]] and [[Image:Block_to_dock.png]] ). If a responsive theme (such as '[[Standard_themes#Standard_themes|Clean]]' or [[Boost theme]]) is used, blocks will be accessible from the bottom of smaller screens, below the main content.  
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===
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Each course has an add block pull down menu.
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Note it is also possible to dock blocks when using the Clean theme if desired. You can theme the position of blocks in the centre of pages as well if you are able to create custom themes.
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==Standard blocks==
{| border="2";"
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|[[Blogs|Blogs - Tags and Menu]] (from 1.6 onwards)
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Available blocks include:
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{|-
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|[[Activities block|Activities]]
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|-
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|[[Activity results block|Activity results]]
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|-
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|[[Admin bookmarks block|Admin bookmarks]]
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|-
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|[[Administration block|Administration]]
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|-
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|[[Blog menu block|Blog menu]]
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|-
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|[[Blog tags block|Blog tags]]
 
|-
 
|-
 
|[[Calendar block|Calendar]]
 
|[[Calendar block|Calendar]]
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Global Search block]]
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| [[Comments block|Comments]]
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|-
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| [[Community finder block|Community finder]]
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|-
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| [[Course completion status block|Course completion status]]
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|-
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|[[Course overview block|Course overview]]
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|-
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| [[Course/site summary block|Course/site summary]]
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|-
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| [[Courses block|Courses]]
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|-
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| [[Feedback block|Feedback]]
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|-
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| [[Flickr block|Flickr]]
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|-
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|[[Global search block|Global search]]
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|-
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|[[HTML block|HTML]]
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|-
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|[[Latest announcements block|Latest announcements]]
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|-
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| [[Latest badges block|Latest badges]]
 
|-
 
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|[[HTML block|HTML]]
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| [[Learning plans block|Learning plans]]
 
|-
 
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|[[Loan calculator block|Loan Calculator]] (from 1.6 onwards)
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|[[Logged in user block|Logged in user]]
 
|-
 
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|[[Mentees block]] (from 1.8 onwards)
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|[[Login block|Login]]
 
|-
 
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|[[Messages block|Messages]]
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|[[Main menu block|Main menu]]
 
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|[[Online Users block|Online Users]]
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|[[Mentees block]]
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|-
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|[[Navigation block|Navigation]]
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|-
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|[[Network servers block|Network servers]]
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|-
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|[[Online users block|Online users]]
 
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|[[People block|People]]
 
|[[People block|People]]
 
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|[[Quiz Results]]
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| [[Private files_block|Private files]]
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|-
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|[[Quiz results block|Quiz results]]
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|-
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|[[Random glossary entry block|Random glossary entry]]
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|-
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|[[Recent activity block|Recent activity]]
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|-
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|[[Recent blog entries block|Recent blog entries]]
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|-
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|[[Remote RSS feeds block|Remote RSS feeds]]
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|-
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|[[Search forums block|Search forums]]
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|-
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|[[Section links block|Section links]]
 
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|[[Random Glossary Entry]]
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|[[Self completion block|Self completion]]
 
|-
 
|-
|[[Remote RSS Feeds]]
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|[[Social activities block|Social activities]]
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|-
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|[[Tags block|Tags]]
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|-
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|[[Upcoming events block|Upcoming events]]
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|-
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|[[Youtube block|Youtube]]
 
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|[[Section Links]]
 
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|[[Image:Block add dropdown list teacher 1 8.JPG]]
 
 
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===Other blocks===
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There are also many contributed blocks available for download from the [https://moodle.org/plugins/ plugins database].
*[[Activities block|Activities]] A block used by teachers to add activities
 
 
 
*[[Administration block|Administration]] Course Administration
 
*[[Courses block|Courses]] Lists student's courses
 
*[[Course/Site Description block|Course/Site Description]] Teacher's description of course
 
*[[Latest News block|Latest News]]
 
*[[Recent Activity block|Recent Activity]]
 
*[[Search Forums block|Search Forums]]
 
*[[Upcoming Events block|Upcoming Events]]
 
*[[Youtube block|Youtube]]
 
*[[Flickr block|Flickr]]
 
 
 
==Course page block arrangement==
 
[[Image:Block_People.JPG |frame|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==
 
==See also==
*[[Blocks FAQ]]
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* [[Managing blocks]] - for administrators
*[[Block permissions]]
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* [[Blocks FAQ]]
*[[Blocks administration]] - site block settings that an administrator can use
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* [https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=227772 Moodle forum discussion about ''which Moodle blocks are the most useful for teaching'']
*[[Site administration block]]
 
*[[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
 
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=2121 Blocks forum]
 
  
 
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Latest revision as of 09:21, 31 January 2018

Blocks are items which may be added to the left or right or centre column of any page in Moodle. They may also be added to the centre of the Dashboard.

Overview of blocks

Any block can be made 'sticky' so that it appears in all the contexts below, such as throughout a course or a particular activity - see Block settings.

Blocks can be placed on the side of the screen (if your theme supports it) via the Dock icons ( Dock to block.png and Block to dock.png ). If a responsive theme (such as 'Clean' or Boost theme) is used, blocks will be accessible from the bottom of smaller screens, below the main content.


Note it is also possible to dock blocks when using the Clean theme if desired. You can theme the position of blocks in the centre of pages as well if you are able to create custom themes.

Standard blocks

Available blocks include:


Activities
Activity results
Admin bookmarks
Administration
Blog menu
Blog tags
Calendar
Comments
Community finder
Course completion status
Course overview
Course/site summary
Courses
Feedback
Flickr
Global search
HTML
Latest announcements
Latest badges
Learning plans
Logged in user
Login
Main menu
Mentees block
Navigation
Network servers
Online users
People
Private files
Quiz results
Random glossary entry
Recent activity
Recent blog entries
Remote RSS feeds
Search forums
Section links
Self completion
Social activities
Tags
Upcoming events
Youtube

There are also many contributed blocks available for download from the plugins database.

See also