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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.

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

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
Collapsible 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
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. Find out how to change the course format at our Change course format guide.

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

See the Moodle video below for more information on editing course sections (01:47)


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 (01:36)

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 (03:59)

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.10 and was last updated September 2021.


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