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Editing the header block

From: Moodle 2.1 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Editing the header block

Inside of every course in Moodle the main content of the course is located in the center section, and it's broken down as a series of blocks of content. Since we set up this course as a weekly course, you can see that there's one block for each week of the term. At the very top of the course though, there's one special block called the header block, and this is a place to post general information that's relevant to the entire course. It's a good place to post a little header graphic maybe or a description of your course and a good place to post things like your course syllabi, and that's what we're going to get started doing in this movie.

Editing the header block

Inside of every course in Moodle the main content of the course is located in the center section, and it's broken down as a series of blocks of content. Since we set up this course as a weekly course, you can see that there's one block for each week of the term. At the very top of the course though, there's one special block called the header block, and this is a place to post general information that's relevant to the entire course. It's a good place to post a little header graphic maybe or a description of your course and a good place to post things like your course syllabi, and that's what we're going to get started doing in this movie.

So to begin, go to the upper right-hand corner and click on the button for Turn editing on. Now this button is the first button that you want to click on when you first come into your course all the time as the instructor, because this is the button that gives all of the different controls for your course. Now to edit the header block, we can begin by coming up here to the very top of the header block and click on the little icon of the hand with the pencil which says Edit summary. This will take us into the summary for this block.

Every single one of the blocks within your course, all of the weekly blocks as well as the header block, has one of these summary headers. Now there are a couple of ways to go about setting up this header, and we're going to step though each of them real quick. The first one is to go ahead and uncheck the Use default section name. And then in the blank for Section name, we'll simply type in the name of the course, BIOL432:Coral Reef Ecology. We'll come on down at the bottom and hit Save changes to see what effect that has in our course.

Now we can see that there is a light header that's shown up here at the very top of the header block that just denotes what the name of the course is. You can see that it's listed in gray just as the dates are listed in gray at the top of each of their blocks. So that's what that little section does. Let's go ahead and hit the Edit summary link again and click back on the Use default section name so that nothing shows up in that part. Now we'll come down here to the Summary section. In this part we could type in the same thing, BIOL432: Coral Reef Ecology.

And we can apply some formatting to this. We'll go ahead and select the text and come up here to the third dropdown menu that says Paragraph, click on that, and come on down to Heading 1. And this will apply a little bit of HTML styles to this. It makes some nice big text there, and then we'll come down at the end of this, hit Return, and we'll type in that simple tagline: "A general course on Coral Reef Ecology." We'll go ahead down at the bottom and click the Save changes button, and we can see how that looks.

It applies the HTML formatting for us, for the Heading 1, and then it has our single line of text description underneath. Well, that does work, but its a little plain vanilla; it's not quite very nice. Let's go ahead and let's edit this one more time. I'm going to hit the Edit summary. This time I'm going go ahead and just select all of the text that we've typed in so far and I'm going to hit Delete on my keyboard to get rid of it all. And what I've done is I've gone ahead and I've created a header graphic. And we're going to insert that right here.

So what we're going to do is in this lower line where you see the little icon of a tree, go ahead and click on that and that's going to take us to the Insert/edit image tool. Let's go ahead and click the Find or upload an image link right here at the top and it takes us to our standard File picker. We can go over here to our Upload a file, and we're going to go over and hit the Browse button. And we're going to go into the Chapter 02 exercise files, and go ahead and select the logoBIOL432.png.

If you don't have access to this, you can go ahead and create your own header graphic. This is just a very simple file. It's about 500 pixels x 80 pixels high, and it's just got some text written in here. So go ahead and select that and hit the Open button. And I'm going to leave the Save as blank, because the name that I've chosen in file name is just fine. It's got my author and a specific license, all rights reserved, and I'll go ahead and upload this file. And you can see that image gets added right here. You don't want to just go ahead and hit Insert; what you want to do is you really do need to go into the Image description and fill something in here.

This is going to make your image 508-compliant. It's going to accessible to screen readers. So we're going to go ahead and type in BIOL432:Coral Reef Ecology. Go ahead and hit the Insert button, and that image is inserted right here at the top of our page. Go ahead and hit Save changes. And there we go! We now have our Coral Reef Ecology with a nice graphic up at the top, and we've been able to include all of the pertinent information for our course.

We've got the course number, we've got when the course meets, and the room number information. If you wanted to add some additional course description information, you could go back into the Edit and add that underneath of the text. But I like having my screen nice and clean like this. And in the next movie, we'll go ahead and post our course syllabi into the header section.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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