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Structure your course

This guide gives you an overview of how to structure your Moodle space and links you to resources for further support. The guide will cover how to add blocks, how to add activities and resources, and how to change course details.

We strongly recommend that you review the information in the Moodle Accessibility Quick Guide before starting to structure your Moodle space.

Course format

The following course formats are available at Warwick:

Format name Format description
Topics Each section fully expanded with a title and contents visible in a long list
Weekly Organised with a section for each week of your course
Collapsed topics A version of the topics format that adds collapsing behaviour to sections to reduce page size
Social Designed around a forum for a more free-form experience

A single section with a single activity


Shows each section in a grid format where each tile links to a course section

To change the format of your course

Switching between formats does not affect the course materials and activities in the space, just the way that they are displayed - unless you are switching to Single Activity. For this format, you must have removed all other activities including Announcements.
  1. Click the Settings tab in the course menu.
  2. Scroll down and click the Course format header to expand the section.
  3. Select the appropriate format for your Moodle space from the drop-down Format menu.
  4. Choose additional settings for this specific format or leave as default.
  5. Click Save and display.

Course editing

Course sections break up the course into manageable or logical sections which could relate to a time period, a particular project or to a pedagogic process of your choice. Sections are displayed differently depending on the course format chosen.

Editing course sections

See the Moodle video below for more information on editing course sections


Blocks provide information and useful tools. They usually appear around the edges of the page (in the left, or more commonly, right columns) but can also be added to the centre of the Dashboard.

What are blocks?

See the Moodle video below for more information on blocks

Course contents

Once your structure is complete, the next step is to add content to your course by adding resources and activities.

Lay out a course

See the Moodle video below for more information on how to lay out a course.

The information on this page relates to Moodle v4.1 and was last updated September 2023.


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