In the center of your Moodle course page you have the ability determine the sequence and flow of your course by adjusting the course sections. You can choose to divide sections by weeks, topics, or other ways.
- [Instructor] In this video, we'll learn how to customize our course sections or topics. This is an important step because it determines the layout and structure of your course. Right now, I can see that my class is broken up into weeks and the date is given for each week. For my course, I want to change this into units instead of weeks. I have a course syllabus, and if I take a look at this, you'll notice below that I have nine different units. The first is Structure and Function, then Traits and Heredity, Natural Selection, and so on. So, I want to adjust my course accordingly.
In order to do this, I'm going to navigate back to my dashboard, and in the upper right corner, click on the gear icon. The first thing I want to do is make sure that editing is turned on. If it's not, I won't be able to change anything. The next thing I want to do is edit settings. So, at the top, I'll click Edit Settings, and this will allow me to edit my course settings. I'll scroll down and, down below, one of the choices is for Course Format. I'll click this and, instead of Weekly Format, which it's set at by default, I want to click to Topics Format.
I'll select that and, at the bottom, and I'm going to click Save and Display. Once I do this, you'll notice here that now, instead of showing those different weeks, it says Topic 1, Topic 2, Topic 3, all the way down to Topic 8. Remember though, on my syllabus, I did have nine units, so I'm going to add another topic to this, and I can do that at the very bottom by clicking Add Topics. I'll click there and add one more topic. So, I've done that and now you can see Topic 9. Now, according to my syllabus, the first unit is Structure and Function.
So, in order to show that on my dashboard, I can click next to the pencil icon next to the topic. So, here, instead of Topic 1, I want to put Structure and Function. And when I'm done, I can click Enter, and it now changes that topic. So, if I go back here, I can see that the next one is Traits and Heredity. I'll click there and type in Traits and Heredity and click Enter. So, I'm going to go ahead and enter in the rest of these topics and, just like that, I've now customized the course homepage by dividing my course up into the format that's needed.
We can see here I have my nine different units. Now, you'll also notice, at the top, that there is a section up above the first section, and that is the welcome section. We'll take a look at that in a future video. Also, I want to show that, off to the right hand side of any one of these, you can click on Edit. So, if I click Edit next to Structure and Function, and then click Edit Topic, it does allow me to change the name right inside of here, and, below, I can put a summary of that unit if I'd like to. In this case, I'm not going to add that, so I will simply cancel out of this.
Now that we have these sections created, we can begin to add some of the different activities and resources available to us on Moodle. For instance, under Structure and Function, I could hit Add an Activity or Resource and begin to add those. Before we do that though, let's take a look at the very top section, which is the introduction or welcome section.
- New features in Moodle 3.3
- Navigating a Moodle course
- Customizing your profile and navigation settings
- Creating a course in Moodle 3.3
- Adjusting course settings
- Adding resources to the different sections of your course
- Adding assignments, quizzes, forums, and surveys
- Managing course participants