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Course formats guide

Explore the features of the City Course format and alternative course formats available at City.

Moodle 4 Layout and features

Module layout

  • Moodle modules are arranged in three columns using the City Course Format.
  • Content is presented in the central column in collapsible sections. Sections can be displayed as topics or by week.
  • The Module index in a panel on the left provides a table of contents view of the module content. The panel can be closed and opened and the sections within the index can be collapsed and expanded.
  • Additional information and functionality provided via the Block drawer on the the right-hand side of the module. 
  • You can choose to close the Module index and Block drawer and Hide the Module dashboard to increase your working space when designing or navigating modules.

Moodle module with City Course Format applied. Module index and Block drawer opened

Module Leader & Course Officers

  • We recommend that you add the contact details of the Module Leader and Course Officers to a Text block in Moodle. This will remain available to students via the Block drawer on Moodle even when they are on a mobile. Previously staff used to add contact details to the General Topic at the beginning of a module. While this is useful at the beginning of a module, students have to spend 12 weeks scrolling past this to get to the module content. 

Collapsible sections

Content is presented in the central column in collapsible sections. These are expanded by default. Select the Collapse all button to the right of the first section to collapse all topics.

Collapse all button highlighted on Moodle module page

When sections are collapsed, select Expand all to open all sections again.

Help & Support

  • Links to Help & Support for staff and students are available via the City Links menu at the top of every Moodle page.  

City Links highlighted in top navigation menu

  • A link to the IT Self Service Portal is available via the ? icon at the bottom of each Moodle page. 

The Module dashboard provides quick access to Activities available in your module and Quick links to key services including Timetabling. When using the City Course Format, the Module dashboard always displays at the top of the page even when you are accessing on a mobile.

  • Each user can choose to Hide or Show Module dashboard.
  • Seven Activities will display with the remainder available from View more.
  • Activities are only displayed on the Module dashboard when an activity or resource of that type is present in the module. For example, if you don't use Turnitin assignments a link to Turnitin assignments will not display in the Activities panel.

Module Dashboard with Show/Hide Module Dashboard and View More options highlighted

Edit Module Dashboard

  • With Edit mode switched on, staff can change the order of the Activities or Quick Links to prioritise what's important for students.
  • Select the compass icon to the right of the activity and use your mouse to drag and drop it to a new position on the Activities panel.

Video assignments been moved to a new position on the Activities panel 

Module dashboard link visibility

  • With Edit mode on, links that are visible to students are indicated with an open eye.  To hide content from students, select the eye.
  • Content that is hidden from students is indicated with a faded, struck-out eye. 

Show/Hide Module dashboard

  • Each user can choose to Hide or Show the Module dashboard. Select the Show/Hide Module dashboard button on top of the Module dashboard to hide it. Once hidden, simply select the Show/Hide button again to display it.

Remove Module dashboard

You can't remove the Module dashboard, but you can hide it from student view by hiding all the elements in the dashboard. You may want to do this in a small support module where only limited resources and activities are available.

  1. Select Settings from the contextual navigation menu.
  2. Scroll down to Dashboard settings.
  3. Set all options to No.
  4. Select Save and display button.

Students will view the module without a Module dashboard.

Module displaying an assignment and no module dashboard

You will need to hide any new activity types that you add to the module at a later date.

  1. Select the link to Participants in the contextual navigation menu to find a list of enrolled users.  
  2. Select the tab Photo Grid to get a printable version of student photos.

    Participants link highlighted in top navigation bar and Photo Grid tab highlighted

  3. From the Match menus
    • Select Roles from the Select drop-down menu.
    • Select Student from the third drop-down menu.
  4. Select Apply filters.

    Match drop-down menus highlighted and apply filter highlighted

  5. This will display only students enrolled on the module.
  6. Select CTRL P on your keyboard to print the list of student names and photos.

Staff Information block

  • This block can be personalised to a category of modules on Moodle and is only visible to staff enrolled on a module within the category where it has been applied. It will display information that is relevant to your School. Please liaise with your school's Digital Education Lead if would like this block and request this feature via IT Self Service Portal.

Student Information block

  • This block can be personalised to a category on modules on Moodle and is displayed to students. It will display information that is relevant to the students studying within the category of modules. Please liaise with your school's Digital Education Lead if you require a change to the block. This feature is then requested via IT Self Service Portal

Upcoming events block

  • This block provides all Calendar events (including assignment deadlines occurring within 99 days) in the module.

Quickmail block

  • This is a block for staff to use to facilitate email communication with students or groups of students on a module. 
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