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Course formats guide

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

About Moodle course formats

Course formats in Moodle enable different layouts and structures for your module. At City, the majority of taught modules use City Course Format. This course format is applied by default to all taught modules.

Some programmes (e.g. Bayes Business School online learning modules) have their own course formats which have been designed to structure the module effectively for the mode of learning.

About City Course Format

The City Course Format will be applied by default to all modules for 2023/2024. The City Course Format has a three-column layout.

  • 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.

Module with City Course Format with Module Index and block drawer opened

 

Module dashboard

The Module dashboard provides quick access to Activities available in your module and Quick links to key services and functionality in Moodle. 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 the Module dashboard.
  • Seven Activities will display with the remainder available from View more.
  • With Edit mode switched on, staff can change the order of the Activities or Quick links to prioritise what's important for your students.

Activities links in Module Dasbhoard with View More highlighted

The core features of the Module dashboard were developed on recommendations from student user evaluations facilitated by the City Interaction Lab to provide a consistent location for core activities (e.g. assignments and Lecture Capture) for students. 

Moodle 4 City Course Format features

City Course Format edit mode off

Use the arrows, mouse drag or swipe on a mobile to move between the different views of key features of the City Course Format in Moodle 4.

Content displaying in collapsed sections in central column. Module index open in left-hand panel and Block drawer on the right is opened.

Module with collapsed sections in central column. Module index open on left hand side and block drawer open on right hand side

City Course Format edit mode on

Use the arrows, mouse drag or swipe on a mobile to move between the different views of key features of the City Course Format in Moodle 4.

Edit mode switched on. Edit icons display alongside content in the open section and move icon displays in Module index in the left-hand panel. Block drawer on the right is closed.

Edit mode switched on. Edit icons displaying alongside content in open section and move icon displaying in Module index in the right hand panel
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