Join Mary Cooch for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing your course layout, part of Moodle 2.5 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 note is, it's in three parts. There are blocks to the right and to the left of a central course area, which is divided into weekly sections. Depending on how your Moodle site is set up, what theme or skin you have. You might only have blocks on one side, and it might well be a different color. We are using the Moodle 2.5 clean theme here, for clarity.
Blocks add extra learning elements either side of your main course area, and we'll take a look at these in later videos. If we want to change how the course sections in the middle look, we go to the administration block and click the link Edit Settings. This takes us to the core setup screen where we can also change the full name and the short name of the course if our administrator allows it. On scrolling down, we can add a description of our course. This is useful for learners who haven't yet enrolled, who want to see what the course is about.
It's also possible to upload course summary files. So we might have a PDF giving more information about our course, we can add it here for new users to take a look at. Then other links. If we think we're going to need them, we can click on them to look at that information. We're going to take a look at course format. So I click the link to expand the settings. Currently, our course central area is in weekly format. Which is fine if that's what you need, and you can choose the week it begins. But the other options are, topics format.
This is where you would have numbered sections which you can then rename according to your subject. We're going to choose that. Social format, which is basically one big message board, simply forums for discussing. Or SCORM format. If you have an externally produced package and you just want to use your Moodle course as a placeholder for that, that's what you would choose. We're going to choose Topics format. And when I click on topics format, the page refreshes to give us an extra option. We see that we can choose the number of sections, I'm going to choose three in this instance.
And we can have hidden sections either shown collapse or completely invisible. If we're going to have a lot of sections, then we can choose rather than showing all of the sections on one page, choosing from the drop down to show one section per page. What this then does is display the course with arrows going to the right and the left of one single section, and that's how our students navigate through the sections. However, because we only have three sections, it's quite okay for us to show all sections on one page.
If we think we're going to need other options, we can simply click on them to find out the information. If not, we just need to scroll down and save. One particular one here that I think is useful is the role renaming option. So I'm going to expand that by clicking on it. Typically, a Moodle teacher is known as a teacher in their course. But if you prefer to be called, for example, a facilitator or a tutor, you can change your name here. And then just in your course that name will be used. Similarly, if you would prefer your students to be called participant or learner, you can type that in here.
And in your course, they'll be known as that. If we scroll down and save the changes, then you can see now that in our central section, we have three numbered topics. And then in the next video, we'll take a look at how we can change the names and start adding content. In this video, then, we've looked at different ways you can set up your course materials with Moodle's course format. It's worth knowing also that your admin can download and install lots more course formats to enhance your course layout.
- 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