New: Use Collapsible Topics to Organize a Moodle Course

Posted August 19th, 2020 at 11:10 am.

In previous versions of Moodle, course content for all week or topic sections had to be displayed on the main page of the course. For large sites, this resulted in a “scroll of death” to get to sections and resources at the end. The new Collapsible Topics format helps by making all sections (except section ‘0’ at the top of your page) collapsible links, that viewers can expand to see content.

To change your course to the Collapsible Topics format:

  1. Open your course, click the gear icon in the top right, and choose Edit Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Course Format to expand that section.
  3. From the Format drop-down menu, select Collapsed Topics.
  4. You can (optionally) use the settings below this menu to customize the look and behavior of the collapsed topics menu, for example:
    • Icon position (left, right)
    • Icon set (arrow, folder, etc.)
    • Whether to show the section summary when collapsed
    • Instructions for using collapsed topics
  5. Click Save and Return to Course to view your changes.
  6. The top section of the course should now be followed by a collapsed list of the remaining sections, as shown below. The exact look of the list will depend on your settings choices.

Known Issue

There have been very alarming cases in which Teachers have returned to a Moodle course with a Collapsible Topics format and find a significant chunk of content missing.

  • In all cases, NO CONTENT WAS EVER DELETED.
  • Instead, the number of course sections was reset to fewer than the actual number in the course, and the remaining sections were hidden from both students and teachers.
  • The workaround is to change the Course Format to Topics, save, and then change it back to Collapsible Topics.
Filed under: Course Design by Maria Ocando Finol

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