Editing course topics / weeks

Main course area

The main body of your course consists of the Title/Introduction section (General) and main topics. Within both the Introductory section and each topic section you can add text and pictures in the Summary of the topic.

We recommend that in the General area you put general course-related information, for example the Course Description, General forums, and assessment information. We also recommend that you include a heading for the course and sufficient spacing, sub-headings and indentation to make it easy for your students to orient themselves and find what they need.

Regardless of the view that the student chooses, the General area is always visible. For this reason, do not fill it with unnecessary items. Limit the use of graphical material here as well, as it forces the user to scroll further down the page to access information.

Course resources

Topics / weeks

In each Topic or Week we recommend that you add all the material relevant to that topic or week, such as lecture notes or presentations, readings, topic forums and revision quizzes, preferably in the order in which you want students to work through the material. If you are using Topics instead of Weeks we recommend that you include a heading for that topic – such as the title of the topic or the week.

If your course is now using the default Single topic view, including a small relevant image in the topic description will make the front page index more visually appealing.

example topic view

To edit your course

  1. To edit any aspect of your course, click the Turn editing on button in the top-right corner. Editing icons become available.

To add topic/header summary information

It is important to add Headings to topics as signpost for students letting them know what the topic will cover.

  1. Click the editing iconsettings icon in the top-right corner of the topic.
  2. In the Summary text editor, type in the text into the Summary box. You can also format tools to format this text as you would in a word document. Click the Save changes button when finished.

    Editing a course topic

To change the section name of the topic

You can now change the default section name of the topic. The benefit of doing this is that the meaningful topic name will then appear in the navigation bar.

  1. In the Section name, clear the Use default section name check-box.
    Editor and check box
  2. The Section name field now becomes editable, enter the new topic name.
  3. Click the Save changes button when finished.

    Navigation block
  4. The name of the topic is now displayed in the navigation block.

To add a picture in the Summary

  1. Moodle now supports dragging and dropping images into the default editor. Please allow a few seconds for Moodle to complete the operation of uploading, virus checking and finally displaying the image in the editor.
  2. Should drag and drop not function,  click the add picture icon.

    Add picture icon

    From the insert image window, click Find or upload an Image... Click Upload a file on the left hand side, then click Browse to find the picture on your computer.
    File picker
  3. Fill in any extra details, if necessary, then click Upload this file. The image will now appear in the editing window.
  4. Continue to add additional text or images as necessary. Then click Save changes.

Adding or Removing Topics

The default number of sections is 16, however you may reconfigure this to suit your delivery by increasing or reducing the number of topics. Setting a range lower than the number of currently used sections will create hidden (or orphaned) items. This can be done at the bottom of your course under your last topic using the +Add topics button.