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{{Courses}}
 
{{Courses}}
A course format refers to the layout of a course.  The course format can be selected in ''Settings > Course administration > Edit settings''.
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A course format refers to the layout of a course.  The course format can be selected in ''Administration > Course administration > Edit settings''.
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An administrator can enable, disable or delete course formats for courses in ''Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Course formats > Manage course formats.'' They can also change the order in which available course formats are displayed to teachers in the course settings.
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|[[File:DefaultCourseFormatTopics.png|thumb|Manage course formats screen for admins]]
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==Standard course formats==
 
==Standard course formats==
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===Topics format===
 
===Topics format===
[[Image:Topicoutline.png|thumb|Topic format example]]The course is organised into topic sections that a teacher can give titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources and labels.
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[[Image:Topicoutline.png|thumb|Topic format example]]The course is organised into topic sections that a teacher can give titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources and labels. In new installations of Moodle, this is the default format.
  
 
TIP: This is great to use if your course is objective based and each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. An example of this would be scaffolding where the students are building upon the knowledge from earlier topics.
 
TIP: This is great to use if your course is objective based and each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. An example of this would be scaffolding where the students are building upon the knowledge from earlier topics.
  
 
===="Show only one section"====
 
===="Show only one section"====
{{New features}}
 
With the Weekly format and the Topics format it is possible via ''Settings > Course administration > Edit settings'' to "show one section per page". Here is a course with three topics, with the second one currently shown. The links left and right lead to topics 1 and 3:
 
  
[[File:showonlyonesection.png]]
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With the Weekly, Topics and any contributed format that implements the functionalty, it is possible via ''Administration > Course administration > Edit settings'' to "show one section per page". Here is a course with eight topics, with the third one currently shown. The links left and right lead to topics two and four:
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[[Image:Single_section_page.png|frame|center|Single section page]]
  
 
''Notes:''
 
''Notes:''
#The course home page shows just the section names and any text in the section description, with the names being clickable.
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*The course home page shows just the section names and any text in the section description along with activity and resource numbers, with the names being click-able. This is what you see the first time you access the course. Once you have selected a topic by clicking on its name, you then see one section at a time.
#If editing is ON, on the Main course page, then you will see all the content in all the sections.
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*If editing is ON, then the Main course page will display all the content in all the sections.
#There is a link at the bottom "Return to Main course page" on each single section page.
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*There is a 'Jump to...' menu at the bottom of each single section page
  
 
===Social format===
 
===Social format===
[[Image:Socialformat.png|thumb|Social format example]] This format is oriented around one main [[Forum module|forum]], the social forum, which appears listed on the main page.  It is useful for situations that are more free form.  They may not even be courses. The [http://moodle.org/course/view.php?id=55 Moodle Lounge] is an example of a social format course.
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This format is oriented around one main [[Forum module|forum]],the social forum, which appears listed on the main page.  It is useful for situations that are more free form.  They may not even be courses. The [http://moodle.org/course/view.php?id=55 Moodle Lounge] is an example of a social format course.
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[[Image:SocialFormatN.png|thumb|center|500px|Social format example - click to enlarge]]
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When selecting the social format, it is possible to specify how many discussions you wish to display on the course page:
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[[File:socialformatdiscussions.png]]
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The social forum can be edited by clicking the 'Update this forum' button on the social forum page. The forum introduction is displayed at the top of the course page. Activities and resources can be added on the side by using the [[Social activities block]].
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===Single activity  format===
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The single activity format only has 1 section, and allows the teacher to add one activity only to the course.  When the single activity format is selected, a drop down menu appears for the teacher to choose the activity they wish to use. See the "See also" section below for a screencast and working example of the single activity course format.
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|[[File:26singleactivity.png|200px|thumb|Selecting the Single activity format]]
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Note: This course format replaces the SCORM format in earlier versions of Moodle, as it is possible here to select a SCORM package as the single activity.
  
The social forum can be edited by clicking the 'Update this forum' button on the social forum page. The forum introduction is displayed at the top of the course page.
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Single activity format with a forum as the activity and social format are very similar. The only difference is when the course contains other activities. The single activity format displays them as "orphaned" and for teachers only; the social format displays them in an activities block and available for students.
  
===SCORM format===
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==Contributed Course Formats==
The SCORM format only has 1 section, and allows teacher to insert a pre-built SCORM package. Moodle can use SCORM packages as a content type (see [[SCORM module]]), or as a course format.
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The Moodle community has developed a number of course formats, available in the [https://moodle.org/plugins/browse.php?list=category&id=19 plugins directory]. If you plan to create a new one, see [https://docs.moodle.org/dev/Course_formats Developers documentation].
  
An example of SCORM format is [http://school.demo.moodle.net/course/view.php?id=112 the New Staff Induction course on the School demo site]
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See MDL-27646 and MDL-28555 and maybe the discussion http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=175758#p770737
  
Note: If you have a large SCORM object you want to use as an entire course, then you can select this course format and students will only be able to interact with the SCORM object, not the rest of the Moodle tools.
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===Buttons course format===
  
==Contributed course formats==
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The Buttons course format creates a menu with buttons in JavaScript to access the sections, one by one. It has features to create group of sections (example: modules, period) and change the button colors. For more information, please visit [[Buttons course format]].
  
Se MDL-27646 and MDL-28555 and maybe the discussion http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=175758#p770737
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[[File:Buttons course format 9 buttons section 2.png|600px]]
  
===Collapsed Topics and its sister format, Collapsed Weeks===
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===Collapsed Topics===
These are formats that are essentially the same as the standard Topic and Weekly formats but with a 'toggle' for each section except '0'.  The toggles' purpose is to reduce the amount of initial information presented to the user thus reducing the 'scroll of death' that can plague courses with a lot of content.  The 'state' of the toggles is remembered on a per course per user basis.  Collapsed Weeks automatically opens the current week.  For more information, please visit [[Collapsed_Topics_course_format]] and [[Collapsed_Weeks_course_format]].
 
  
===New features for 2.3===
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This is a format that is essentially the same as the standard Topic and Weekly formats but with a 'toggle' for each section except '0'. The toggles' purpose is to reduce the amount of initial information presented to the user thus reducing the 'scroll of death' that can plague courses with a lot of content. The 'state' of the toggles is remembered on a per course per user basis.  For more information, please visit [[Collapsed_Topics_course_format]].
{{New features}}
 
# Support of 'Show only one section'.
 
# Multiple columns.
 
# Cookie-less toggle persistence.
 
# Administrator layout and colour reset for all collapsed topics courses.
 
# 'Days' layout where each section is a day with section one being the start date of the course.
 
  
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==== Overview ====
  
==== Demonstration ====
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For an overview of 'Collapsed Topics' please see this video:
  
For a demonstration of 'Collapsed Topics' and its latest structure enhancement please see this video:
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{{MediaPlayer | url = https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9NaEAPPC5E}}
  
<mediaplayer>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvo-OseVKr8</mediaplayer>
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===Daily format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_days daily format] is a modification of the weekly format that shows sections by day rather than by week.
  
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===Grid format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_grid grid format] is a modular and visual course format. Hides all topics and creates a grid of icons (one for each topic) with short titles. Clicking on an icon brings up the content from the corresponding topic in a "lightbox" style display.
  
Other contributed course formats are available from the modules and plugins database.
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===Menutopic format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_menutopic menutopic format] allows you to display the topics/sections in a menu.
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===Noticeboard format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_noticebd Noticeboard format] presents the latest post in the news forum at the top of the course.
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===Onetopic format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_onetopic onetopic format] shows each topic in a tab, keeping the current tab between calls to resources, in such a way that when it returns from a module as the blog or the glossary it returns to tab from where you started. This format is based on the Moodle standard format: “Topics”.
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===Tiles format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_tiles tiles format]  displays course topics as "Tiles", rather than as a list. When clicked, tile content is displayed under the tile with an animated transition. The layout adapts to different screen sizes and orientations. Within each tile, activities can also be set to display as "sub-tiles". Icons for each tile can be selected from a predefined set (i.e. the teacher does not need to upload them).
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===Topic format (colors)===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_colours colored topic format] is based on the 'Topics' standard format and allows a teacher to specify the foreground and background colours for each course section.
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===Flexible sections format===
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The [https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=format_flexsections flexible sections format] for Moodle 2.4+ allows to have nested sections and each section may be displayed expanded (with all content on the parent section page) or collapsed (as a link to a separate page)
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Other contributed course formats are available from the [http://moodle.org/plugins modules and plugins database].
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*Screencast: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkdgPGHJi3Q&feature=share&list=SPxcO_MFWQBDe8RRnGjoUDqbcm9PSlIoWn&index=2 Single Activity course format]
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*Example of a single activity course format on school.demo.moodle.net:  [http://school.demo.moodle.net/mod/quiz/view.php?id=1511 Moodle History Quiz] (Log in with username: ''parent'' and password: ''moodle'')
  
 
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=47 Course formats forum]
 
*Using Moodle [http://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=47 Course formats forum]
*[http://www.moodleman.net/archives/47 Getting the most out of course design] blog post describing various contributed course formats
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Latest revision as of 17:40, 17 April 2019

A course format refers to the layout of a course. The course format can be selected in Administration > Course administration > Edit settings.

An administrator can enable, disable or delete course formats for courses in Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Course formats > Manage course formats. They can also change the order in which available course formats are displayed to teachers in the course settings.

Manage course formats screen for admins

Standard course formats

Weekly format

Weekly format example
The course is organized week by week, with a clear start date and a finish date. Moodle will create a section for each week of your course. You can add content, forums, quizzes, and so on in the section for each week.
TIP: If you want all your students to work on the same materials at the same time, this would be a good format to choose.
NOTE: Make sure your course start date is correct. If it is not your weeks will have the wrong date on it. This is especially important if you are restoring a course to use with a new section of students.

Topics format

Topic format example
The course is organised into topic sections that a teacher can give titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources and labels. In new installations of Moodle, this is the default format.

TIP: This is great to use if your course is objective based and each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. An example of this would be scaffolding where the students are building upon the knowledge from earlier topics.

"Show only one section"

With the Weekly, Topics and any contributed format that implements the functionalty, it is possible via Administration > Course administration > Edit settings to "show one section per page". Here is a course with eight topics, with the third one currently shown. The links left and right lead to topics two and four:

Single section page

Notes:

  • The course home page shows just the section names and any text in the section description along with activity and resource numbers, with the names being click-able. This is what you see the first time you access the course. Once you have selected a topic by clicking on its name, you then see one section at a time.
  • If editing is ON, then the Main course page will display all the content in all the sections.
  • There is a 'Jump to...' menu at the bottom of each single section page

Social format

This format is oriented around one main forum,the social forum, which appears listed on the main page. It is useful for situations that are more free form. They may not even be courses. The Moodle Lounge is an example of a social format course.

Social format example - click to enlarge

When selecting the social format, it is possible to specify how many discussions you wish to display on the course page:

socialformatdiscussions.png

The social forum can be edited by clicking the 'Update this forum' button on the social forum page. The forum introduction is displayed at the top of the course page. Activities and resources can be added on the side by using the Social activities block.

Single activity format

The single activity format only has 1 section, and allows the teacher to add one activity only to the course. When the single activity format is selected, a drop down menu appears for the teacher to choose the activity they wish to use. See the "See also" section below for a screencast and working example of the single activity course format.

Selecting the Single activity format

Note: This course format replaces the SCORM format in earlier versions of Moodle, as it is possible here to select a SCORM package as the single activity.

Single activity format with a forum as the activity and social format are very similar. The only difference is when the course contains other activities. The single activity format displays them as "orphaned" and for teachers only; the social format displays them in an activities block and available for students.

Contributed Course Formats

The Moodle community has developed a number of course formats, available in the plugins directory. If you plan to create a new one, see Developers documentation.

See MDL-27646 and MDL-28555 and maybe the discussion http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=175758#p770737

Buttons course format

The Buttons course format creates a menu with buttons in JavaScript to access the sections, one by one. It has features to create group of sections (example: modules, period) and change the button colors. For more information, please visit Buttons course format.

Buttons course format 9 buttons section 2.png

Collapsed Topics

This is a format that is essentially the same as the standard Topic and Weekly formats but with a 'toggle' for each section except '0'. The toggles' purpose is to reduce the amount of initial information presented to the user thus reducing the 'scroll of death' that can plague courses with a lot of content. The 'state' of the toggles is remembered on a per course per user basis. For more information, please visit Collapsed_Topics_course_format.

Overview

For an overview of 'Collapsed Topics' please see this video:

Daily format

The daily format is a modification of the weekly format that shows sections by day rather than by week.

Grid format

The grid format is a modular and visual course format. Hides all topics and creates a grid of icons (one for each topic) with short titles. Clicking on an icon brings up the content from the corresponding topic in a "lightbox" style display.

Menutopic format

The menutopic format allows you to display the topics/sections in a menu.

Noticeboard format

The Noticeboard format presents the latest post in the news forum at the top of the course.

Onetopic format

The onetopic format shows each topic in a tab, keeping the current tab between calls to resources, in such a way that when it returns from a module as the blog or the glossary it returns to tab from where you started. This format is based on the Moodle standard format: “Topics”.

Tiles format

The tiles format displays course topics as "Tiles", rather than as a list. When clicked, tile content is displayed under the tile with an animated transition. The layout adapts to different screen sizes and orientations. Within each tile, activities can also be set to display as "sub-tiles". Icons for each tile can be selected from a predefined set (i.e. the teacher does not need to upload them).

Topic format (colors)

The colored topic format is based on the 'Topics' standard format and allows a teacher to specify the foreground and background colours for each course section.

Flexible sections format

The flexible sections format for Moodle 2.4+ allows to have nested sections and each section may be displayed expanded (with all content on the parent section page) or collapsed (as a link to a separate page)

Other contributed course formats are available from the modules and plugins database.

See also


Using Moodle forum discussions: