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Structure your module guide

Getting the structure and organisation of your Moodle modules right can help your students find the relevant information at the right time. This guide will help you structure your module.

About sections and structure

Module sections are used to organise and present your content and to provide students with a clear and concise overview of the module. Content is structured into either topics or weeks to improve organisation and navigation of a module page.

You will need to decide on the structure that best suits the delivery and presentation of your content. It is important to keep your structure consistent by labelling sections in a logical order (e.g. by topic or week number).

Select a format to use

Modules can be organised either by topics or by weeks.

  1. You can change to a weekly format by selecting Settings from the contextual navigation menu above the module title.
  2. Set the Start date of the module.
  3. Scroll down to Course format settings.
  4. Select Weekly from the Format to use drop-down.
  5. Scroll to the end of the page and select Save and display. Your sections will display in a weekly format with the start date being the first week available.

Format to use menu opened

Add section City Course Format

To add a new section within the current module structure.

  1. Turn Edit mode on.
  2. Select Insert section underneath the section where you want a new section to appear. Repeat this step to add all of your new sections.

Insert multiple sections to the bottom of the module

  1. Turn Edit mode on.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Add sections. Enter the number of sections required in the Number of sections input field.
  3. Select Add sections.
  4. New sections will be added to the bottom of the module.

Add sections menu

Add sections Grid format

A limitation of the Grid format is that it is not possible to add a section in between sections. To add a new section.

  1. Select Settings from the contextual navigation menu.
  2. Scroll down to the Course format settings.
  3.  The Number of sections menu displays the amount of sections in the module. Select the number that corresponds to the number of sections that you would like to display on the module.
    • For example if you have 15 sections in your module, then Number of sections will display 15. To add one more section to your module select 16 from the Number of sections menu. Settings menu opened and number of sections menu opened
  4. Scroll to end of the page and select Save and display.
  5. The section will be added to the end of the module, but you can move its location.

Move a section to a new location

  1. Turn Edit mode on.
  2. Scroll to the end of the module to locate the new section added to the module.
  3. Select the three dots to the right of the section title.
  4. Select Move.

    Edit section menu opened alongside section 16, Move option selected

  5. An overlay window will open. Select the section on the module before which you would like to display the new section.

    Overlay menu displaying sections on module

  6. Turn Edit mode off to confirm that the section displays in the expected location. The section number will change to correspond to its new location.
  7. You can also move a section to a new location using the Module index. With Edit mode on, open the Module index on the panel on the left. Select the arrow alongside the section title and use your mouse to drag and drop it to a new location on the Module index. Switch Edit mode off to confirm that the section is in the correct location.

Add content to section

  1. Open the section where you want to locate your content.
  2. Select Add an activity or resource and select the relevant resource or activity.
  3. Complete the required settings and select Save and display.

Activity Chooser with all tab selected showing all activities and resources available


Activity Chooser options

The Activity Chooser is structured in tabs to help you quickly find the relevant activity/resource to add to your modules.

  1. Starred: Activities/resources that you have chosen to star because you use them regularly. Starring activities/resources helps you to quickly locate and add them to your module. 
  2. All: Available activities/resources.
  3. Activities: All activity types (e.g. Forum, Assignment, Glossary).
  4. Resources: Content types to help you present and display content (e.g. Page, Book, Label).
  5. Recommended: Most commonly used activity and resource types across City Moodle modules.
  6. If you can't find what you are looking for start typing into the Search field.

Activity Chooser with All tab selected

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