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Structure your course

This guide gives you an overview and links you to resources that help you to structure and format a Moodle space: how to add blocks, how to add activities and, resources, and how to change course details.

See also the guide on how to Edit your Moodle space for more information on turning on and accessing editing tools in your Moodle space.

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:

  1. Topics - each section fully expanded with a title and contents visible in a long list.
  2. Weekly - organised with a section for each week of your course.
  3. Collapsible topics - a version of the topics format that adds collapsing behaviour to sections in order to reduce page size.
  4. Social - designed around a forum for a more free-form experience.
  5. Single-activity - a single section with a single activity.

There are two other formats currently available, Collapsed Topics and Grid, but these are not accessible and we do not recommend their use.

Course sections

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


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?

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

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.6 and was last updated March 2020.


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