Setting up the structure of your course
1. Course format options
Moodle offers various course format options which determine the layout of the course page.
- Topics format - The course page is organised into topic sections. This format is especially useful if there are distinct topic sections in a course with no time limit on how long a learner might need to spend studying each section. It is well suited to free standing Open Educational Resources which do not have tutor support.
- Weekly format - The course page is organised into weekly sections, with the first week starting on the course start date. This format is useful if there is a requirement for learners to cover a certain amount of material in each week. It is usually used for courses which have tutorial support and formal assessment. Please note, if you choose the weekly format, the site design does not have week numbers built into the display as courses in weekly format do on OpenLearn. It is probably easier to just stick with topics format even if you label each topic as dated weeks.
- Free form layout (using the Topics format) - the course structure is flexible and you use headings, labels and content to split out the course page. This format is useful when there is no time limit for how long a learner might spend studying the material and when the material needs a flexible structure. It is well suited to free standing Open Educational Resources which do not have tutor support.
- Single activity format - For displaying a single activity or resource (such as a Quiz or SCORM package) on the course page.
- Social format - A forum is displayed on the course page. This is used when the primary activity in a course focusses on a forum discussion only.
Instructions for setting up the Topics format and Free form layout are shown on the following pages.
If you choose to have no section headings (e.g. weekly, topic) and display all your course materials on the course home page in section-0 then the learner activity record will be blank as the system will not pick up any learner activity from section-0. Therefore, you are strongly advised to create at least one section heading (regardless of which format you use) and put all your course materials, activities and quizzes below that heading so they will be picked up for learner activity records.