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About the Dashboard

The Dashboard is a customisable page for providing users with details of their progress and upcoming deadlines.

The default dashboard includes a Timeline, Calendar and from the Block drawer, the Recently accessed items block.

Quick access to Dashboard is also available from the site navigation at the top of the screen once logged in.

Users can normally customise their Dashboard, adding or removing blocks and changing block positions. They can revert their Dashboard back to the original blocks as follows:

  1. Activate the 'Edit mode' switch.
  2. Click the 'Reset page to default' button.

(Note that an administrator can reset the Dashboard for all users from 'Default Dashboard page' in the Site administration).

Hiding the Dashboard

If deadlines and calendar events are not used in your site then the Dashboard may be removed from the top navigation from Site administration > Appearance > Navigation and unchecking 'Enable Dashboard'. A different start (home) page can then be set for users.

Default start (home) page

For new installations, Dashboard is the default start page for logged in users. An administrator can change the default home page in Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Navigation.

If 'User preference' is selected as default start page, each user needs to set the desired page – Home, My courses or Dashboard – under User menu > Preferences > User account > Home page. Once selected, Moodle will remember which page to present them each time they log on.

default start page for users

Setting the default Dashboard

An administrator or manager (or other user with the capability moodle/my:configsyspages) can set the default blocks for all users from Administration > Site administration > Appearance > Default Dashboard page.

Clicking the button 'Reset Dashboard for all users' will then apply these settings to the Dashboard for everyone on the site.

Default blocks are:

Preventing users from customizing their Dashboard

By default, users can customize their Dashboard and add blocks. An admin can prevent this as follows:

  1. Go to Administration > Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles
  2. Edit the authenticated user role and untick the Manage Dashboard blocks capability

Dashboard capabilities

In addition, all blocks which may be added to a Dashboard have a myaddinstance capability (e.g. block/comments:myaddinstance) for controlling whether a user with a particular role can add the block.

Preventing users from adding a block to their Dashboard

By default, users can add many blocks to their Dashboard. An admin can prevent them from adding a particular block, such as the Online users block, as follows:

  1. Go to Administration > Site administration > Users > Permissions > Define roles
  2. Edit the authenticated user role and untick the Add a new online users block to the Dashboard capability

Blocks not available on the Dashboard

The following blocks may not be added to a user's Dashboard (because it wouldn't make sense):

See also