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Structure your course

These pages contain information on how to structure and format your course; how to add blocks and information on blocks that appear by default (Echo360, TalisAspire), how to add activities, resources, and how to change course details - header, description, topics and sections

See also Edit your course for more information on turning on and accessing editing tools in your Moodle space.


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? (Moodle 3.3)

Course sections

Appearing in the middle of the Course page, these 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.

Editing course sections

Course format

Courses can be formatted as:

  1. grids - all sections hidden and appearing instead as an icon/image with a label in a grid at the top of the space
  2. topics - each section fully expanded with a title and contents visible in a long list
  3. weekly - organized with a section for each week of your course
  4. collapsed topics - where only the first section is expanded and the rest appear as title only
  5. social - designed around a forum for a more free-form experience
Course contents

See 'Add content to your course' for information about adding resources and activites to fill out your course.

Notes on structuring courses
Avoid long scrolling pages

Moodle provides a range of course formats to cater for different types of course content and structures. If your course is very long and suffers from the Moodle ‘scroll of death’ use Collapsed topics or Grid format.

<screenshots, collapsed topics, grid format examples>

Please note that changing the format of an existing course will not remove any content; it will just change how it’s displayed.

Use meaningful names

Edit default section names such as Topic 1 to something more meaningful

Remove redundant blocks

If you have sections or blocks that you are not using for the current iteration of the course, you should remove or hide them to reduce clutter.

Get student feedback

Your students can provide feedback about your course. Ask them to tell you if they find it to be user friendly, if the navigation is easy etc. Ask for their suggestions. The choice and questionnaire activities are great for this purpose.

Lay out a course

The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.4 and was last updated July 2018.


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