Activity chooser

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Activity chooser
Project state Open
Tracker issue MDL-67255, MDL-57828, MDL-61511
Assignee Team Alpha


Through our road-map creation process of looking at highly voted tracker issues and relevant forum posts, as well as MUA interaction, an update to the activity chooser to simplify and make less intimidating, was chosen.

MDL-57828 was created and worked on, but unfortunately stalled, and did not complete its way through the integration process. There is a substantial forum post [1], with many suggestions and current pain points with the activity chooser. The MUA created a proposal issue (MDL-61511) to tackle the same issue.

We have recently been analysing how course creation is achieved. Two main ideas were tested with focus groups to try and find the best away to approach course creation. With this information we are confident that we have a user focused design that will improve the activity chooser for everyone.

We would like to invite everyone to express their opinion on this improvement. Course creation is a Moodle activity that is fundamental to teaching a course online, and we would like to ensure that the process is as easy and intuitive as possible.


The following are changes that we are planning on making in this project. We have a demo that can be viewed and interacted with. Invisio mockup of the activity chooser.

Larger display area

The activity chooser will be wider and have the activities in a grid format. This allows for more activities to be seen at once.

Activities and resources are now merged

Our research found that the distinction been activities and resources was not useful to teachers and so now these two categories have been merged together.

Starred / Favourites tab

The user can now select activities to be added to the Starred tab. The starred tab is shown by default to users when pulling up the activity chooser.

The starred tab

Recommended tab

Site administrators will now be able to set a selection of activities as recommended. These recommended activities will show up in a tab in the activity chooser for the course creator to view. If no recommendations are made then this tab will not be displayed.

The recommended tab

H5P activities included

We are looking at adding the ability for users to select an H5P activity from the activity chooser.

Smart search bar

To help find activities from the activity chooser, we will be adding a search bar, that will search through both the names of the activities, and also the information text, to try and find relevant activities that the user may want.

Other activity types

Other activity types such as LTI will be able to be added to the activity chooser for the user to select.

Activity information hidden

The information about an activity will be accessible through the 'i' icon. Clicking the link will show additional information about the activity. This will free up space for other activities to be shown rather than always taking up half of the activity chooser.

Additional information about an activity