Agenda1. Introduction2. What is a course format?3. Difference from themes4.Core formats5. Showcase:a.Collapsed Topicsb.Coloursc.Flexible Sectionsd.Gride.Masonry Topicsf.Tab Topicsg.Weekly Reversed6. Course formats summary7. Late changes... Flex page & eTask8. Where to find help9.The future10. Feedbackwww.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
Introduction●Course formats provide the ability to give a course its structureand layout. This gives the educator the means of establishingthe best course framework for the learner.●I will showcase the most diverse, explain the purpose ofcourse formats and how they differ from themes (and why itneeds to remain that way).● Gareth J Barnard – Course format and theme developer, acourse format forum moderator, small scale core developer,software engineer and educator.www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
What is a course format?●A means of structuring acourse.● Provides a learningframework for the activities /resources you have for thecontext you need – a contentorganiser.●Educator chosen.www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
Difference from themesThemes:● Style and arrange theoverall look of the entiresite.●Chosen by the manager.●Should not affect courseformats but assist in theirstyling.●Can style activites /resources.Course formats:● Arrange the content forthe purpose of providingeducational context.●Chosen by the educator.●Should not affect thetheme.●Remain constentbetween theme changes.www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
Core formats● Scorm – present a singlescorm package on thepage.●Social – present a singleforum where users caninteract.● Topics – arrange sectionsas a series of topics up to adefault of fifty two (can bechanged).● Weeks – arrange sectionsas a series of weeks fromthe course start date up toa default of fifty two (canbe changed).www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
Calendar●Arranges sections as daysof the week.● Can be a bit crampt, butmight be a theme issue.●Authors: Nicolas Bretinand Patrick Thibaudeau.
Collapsed Topics●Sections made collapsibleusing a toggle.●Lots of options.● Designed to solve thescroll of death.● Created by me for a realclassroom situation.
Colours●Customise the colours ofeach section.●Once one section done,copy to other sections.● Colour selectionsremembered for newsections.● Author: Davo Smith.
Columns●Arranges sections (topics)in columns (1-4) to helpsolve the scroll of death.●Horizontal or verticallayout.● The same as withinCollapsed Topics butwithout the toggles.● Author: Me.
Daily●Converts a week or topicbased course withoutdefined section namesinto days.●I had to have a corecreated format course firstbefore switching to.Reported.●Author: Nathan Robbins.
Flexible Sections●Topic based format thatallows sub sections.● Sections can be merged.This is permanent.●Author: Marina Glancy.
Grid●Access to single sectionsvia uploaded image /default background.● Originally created by PaulKrix, then taken over byJulian Ridden and now ajoint effort with myself.
Masonry Topics●Automatically arrangestopics by size and adjuststo screen area.● Good adaptivefunctionality.●Author: Renaat Debleu.
Menu Topic● A one section per pageformat using a customisedmenu to access.● Lots of options.●Need to initially save thetemplate on first access.●Author: David HerneyBernal.
Noticeboard● Displays the latest topicfrom the news forum atthe top.●Standard topics course.● Originally created byMarty Jacobs. Rewrittenfor M2.3+ by me.●Gratefully funded by SIDE(Schools of Isolated andDistance Education).
One Topic●Converts each section intoa tab accessible area.● Left and right navigation.●Author: David HerneyBernal.
Single Activity●Present one Activity /Resource in the coursechosen in the coursesettings.● Best created from scratchrather than change fromanother course asrearranges activities /resources.● Author: Marina Glancy.
Tab Topics●Neat format that convertseach section into a tabaccessed area.● Works really well.●Authors: Nicolas Bretinand Patrick Thibaudeau.
Weekly Reversed●Weeks shown in reverseorder with the currentweek first.●Forthcomming weeks arehidden from students butshown to editing teachersin a really neat way.●Author: Mat Cannings.
Course formats summary●Calendar - Nicolas Bretin and PatrickThibaudeau● Collapsed Topics - Me●Colours – Davo Smith● Columns - Me●Daily -Nathan Robbins●Flexible Sections – Marina Glancy●Grid – Julian Ridden and I●Masonry Topics - Renaat Debleu●Menu Topic - David Herney Bernal●Noticeboard - Marty Jacobs and I● One Topic - David Herney Bernal●Single Activity – Marina Glancy●Tab Topics - Nicolas Bretin and PatrickThibaudeau●Weekly Reversed - Mat CanningsContributedCore●Scorm●Social● Topics●Weekswww.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
Late changes... Flex page & eTask●Flex page:●Only just released in Beta forM2.4.● Depends on lots of other pluginsso did not want to risk installing forthis presentation.●Feel free to try it out on non-production servers.●eTask:●For M2.4 and 2.5.●Shows overview and status ofassignments at the top of thecourse.
Where to find helpForums:Course formats: moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=47Comparisons and advocacy:https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=2784Teaching with Moodle forum:https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=41Documentation:http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Category:Course_formatDeveloping formats:See /course/format/Readme.txt in your installation.geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2010/06/real-coders-help-each-otherwww.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
The future●Must remain themeindependant.●Improved core support –renderers.● Stay straightforward.● Ideas?... Slider sections, 3Dcube, adaptive conditionallayout... Thoughts?www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
Feedback●Q & A.● Other formats not alreadyshown.●Thank you for attending andparticipating.●Feedback appreciated.● About.me/gjbarnard or throughthe Course formats forum.geek-and-poke.com/2013/01/stackoverflow.htmlwww.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing