Join Mary Cooch for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing your course layout, part of Moodle 2.4 Essential Training.
In this video, I'm going to help you decide which is the best layout for your learners by looking at the different so called course formats. We're in a completely new and empty course here. And the first thing to notice is that it's in three parts. There are blocks to the right and to the left. And there's a central section which is divided into sections. In this particular case, it's weeks. Depending on how your Moodle site is set up, what theme or scheme your administrator has given, you might only have blocks on one side or it might well be a different color.
We're using a very basic theme here for clarity. Blocks, we will look at in a different video. They add extra learning elements either side of your main course area. In the central area, is where you add the learning resources and activities. And if we want to change this, then we go into the settings block, course administration, edit settings. This is where we can go to change the number of sections and what type of sections they are. So let's click edit settings. And go into the course setup.
We can also, if we're allowed by our administrator, change the course full name and short name here. And we can add a course summary, so people who aren't enrolled into our course can know what it's about. Scrolling down, this is where in Format, we have the option of choosing how that central section looks. Weekly format, as we've seen before, divides it into weeks and you can decide when to begin. Topics format, which we're going to choose now, will allow you to have numbered sections, which you can then rename according to your particular subject.
Social format will simply give you one large message board forum, simply for discussing. And scorn format you would use if you were using an externally produced scorn package and you just wanted to use a Moodle course as a placeholder for that. Let's choose Topics Format. And then once we've chosen Topics Format, the page refreshes and we have formatting options. We can decide first of all how many sections we want. And I am just going to choose three.
And then I will show you something that we can do with a number of sections on the main course page afterwards. Sections can be either completely hidden or we can show them in a collapsed form. And then in terms of the course layout, if we're going to have a lot of sections, we may not want to show all of them on one page. Because it might make quite a long scroll for our learners. So if we're going to have a lot of sections, then we can choose to show only one section per page. The learners will then have an arrow going to the right and to the left, where they can move in between different sections.
Because we only have three sections, we can perfectly find show all sections on one page. There are other options. For example, if you want to allow guests, groups availability and so on, some of which we'll look at in later videos. Role renaming might be useful because typically, you would be called in Moodle a teacher. But if you prefer to be known as for example, a facilitator or a tutor, you can change your name here and it will appear differently on your course page.
Likewise, if you want your students to be known as, for example, learners or participants, you can change it here. I'm now going to click save the changes. And we can see that the central section here is now divided into topics, and that we only have three of them. In this video, we looked at the different ways you can set out your course materials with Moodle's course format. It's worth knowing, too, that your admin can download and install lots more course formats to enchance your course layout.
Now, we just need to name the sections and start adding content.
- Choosing your course layout
- Using the calendar and managing events
- Uploading course materials
- Giving instructions to your students
- Enrolling students
- Creating a discussion forum
- Setting up assignments
- Grading assignments
- Adding quizzes
- Evaluating your courses
- Tracking course completion
- Backing up and restoring courses