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Welcome
Agenda
1. Introduction
2. What is a course format?
3. Difference from themes
4.Core formats
5. Showcase:
a.Collapsed Topic...
Introduction
●
Course formats provide the ability to give a course its structure
and layout. This gives the educator the m...
What is a course format?
●
A means of structuring a
course.
● Provides a learning
framework for the activities /
resources...
Difference from themes
Themes:
● Style and arrange the
overall look of the entire
site.
●
Chosen by the manager.
●
Should ...
Core formats
● Scorm – present a single
scorm package on the
page.
●
Social – present a single
forum where users can
inter...
Calendar
●
Arranges sections as days
of the week.
● Can be a bit crampt, but
might be a theme issue.
●
Authors: Nicolas Br...
Collapsed Topics
●
Sections made collapsible
using a toggle.
●
Lots of options.
● Designed to solve the
scroll of death.
●...
Colours
●
Customise the colours of
each section.
●
Once one section done,
copy to other sections.
● Colour selections
reme...
Columns
●
Arranges sections (topics)
in columns (1-4) to help
solve the scroll of death.
●
Horizontal or vertical
layout.
...
Daily
●
Converts a week or topic
based course without
defined section names
into 'days'.
●
I had to have a 'core'
created ...
Flexible Sections
●
Topic based format that
allows sub sections.
● Sections can be merged.
This is permanent.
●
Author: Ma...
Grid
●
Access to single sections
via uploaded image /
default background.
● Originally created by Paul
Krix, then taken ov...
Masonry Topics
●
Automatically arranges
topics by size and adjusts
to screen area.
● Good adaptive
functionality.
●
Author...
Menu Topic
● A one section per page
format using a customised
menu to access.
● Lots of options.
●
Need to initially save ...
Noticeboard
● Displays the latest topic
from the news forum at
the top.
●
Standard topics course.
● Originally created by
...
One Topic
●
Converts each section into
a 'tab' accessible area.
● Left and right navigation.
●
Author: David Herney
Bernal.
Single Activity
●
Present one 'Activity' /
'Resource' in the course
chosen in the course
settings.
● Best created from scr...
Tab Topics
●
Neat format that converts
each section into a tab
accessed area.
● Works really well.
●
Authors: Nicolas Bret...
Weekly Reversed
●
Weeks shown in reverse
order with the current
week first.
●
Forthcomming weeks are
hidden from students ...
Course formats summary
●
Calendar - Nicolas Bretin and Patrick
Thibaudeau
● Collapsed Topics - Me
●
Colours – Davo Smith
●...
Late changes... 'Flex page' & 'eTask'
●
Flex page:
●
Only just released in 'Beta' for
M2.4.
● Depends on lots of other plu...
Where to find help
Forums:
Course formats: moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=47
Comparisons and advocacy:
https://moodle.or...
The future
●
Must remain theme
independant.
●
Improved core support –
renderers.
● Stay straightforward.
● Ideas?... Slide...
Feedback
●
Q & A.
● Other formats not already
shown.
●
Thank you for attending and
participating.
●
Feedback appreciated.
...
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  1. 1. Welcome
  2. 2. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. What is a course format? 3. Difference from themes 4.Core formats 5. Showcase: a.Collapsed Topics b.Colours c.Flexible Sections d.Grid e.Masonry Topics f.Tab Topics g.Weekly Reversed 6. Course formats summary 7. Late changes... 'Flex page' & 'eTask' 8. Where to find help 9.The future 10. Feedback www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  3. 3. Introduction ● Course formats provide the ability to give a course its structure and layout. This gives the educator the means of establishing the best course framework for the learner. ● I will showcase the most diverse, explain the purpose of course formats and how they differ from themes (and why it needs to remain that way). ● Gareth J Barnard – Course format and theme developer, a course format forum moderator, small scale core developer, software engineer and educator. www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  4. 4. What is a course format? ● A means of structuring a course. ● Provides a learning framework for the activities / resources you have for the context you need – a 'content organiser'. ● Educator chosen. www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  5. 5. Difference from themes Themes: ● Style and arrange the overall look of the entire site. ● Chosen by the manager. ● Should not affect course formats but assist in their styling. ● Can style activites / resources. Course formats: ● Arrange the content for the purpose of providing educational context. ● Chosen by the educator. ● Should not affect the theme. ● Remain constent between theme changes. www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  6. 6. Core formats ● Scorm – present a single scorm package on the page. ● Social – present a single forum where users can interact. ● Topics – arrange sections as a series of topics up to a default of fifty two (can be changed). ● Weeks – arrange sections as a series of weeks from the course start date up to a default of fifty two (can be changed). www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  7. 7. Calendar ● Arranges sections as days of the week. ● Can be a bit crampt, but might be a theme issue. ● Authors: Nicolas Bretin and Patrick Thibaudeau.
  8. 8. Collapsed Topics ● Sections made collapsible using a toggle. ● Lots of options. ● Designed to solve the scroll of death. ● Created by me for a real classroom situation.
  9. 9. Colours ● Customise the colours of each section. ● Once one section done, copy to other sections. ● Colour selections remembered for new sections. ● Author: Davo Smith.
  10. 10. Columns ● Arranges sections (topics) in columns (1-4) to help solve the scroll of death. ● Horizontal or vertical layout. ● The same as within Collapsed Topics but without the toggles. ● Author: Me.
  11. 11. Daily ● Converts a week or topic based course without defined section names into 'days'. ● I had to have a 'core' created format course first before switching to. Reported. ● Author: Nathan Robbins.
  12. 12. Flexible Sections ● Topic based format that allows sub sections. ● Sections can be merged. This is permanent. ● Author: Marina Glancy.
  13. 13. Grid ● Access to single sections via uploaded image / default background. ● Originally created by Paul Krix, then taken over by Julian Ridden and now a joint effort with myself.
  14. 14. Masonry Topics ● Automatically arranges topics by size and adjusts to screen area. ● Good adaptive functionality. ● Author: Renaat Debleu.
  15. 15. Menu Topic ● A one section per page format using a customised menu to access. ● Lots of options. ● Need to initially save the 'template' on first access. ● Author: David Herney Bernal.
  16. 16. Noticeboard ● Displays the latest topic from the news forum at the top. ● Standard topics course. ● Originally created by Marty Jacobs. Rewritten for M2.3+ by me. ● Gratefully funded by SIDE (Schools of Isolated and Distance Education).
  17. 17. One Topic ● Converts each section into a 'tab' accessible area. ● Left and right navigation. ● Author: David Herney Bernal.
  18. 18. Single Activity ● Present one 'Activity' / 'Resource' in the course chosen in the course settings. ● Best created from scratch rather than change from another course as rearranges activities / resources. ● Author: Marina Glancy.
  19. 19. Tab Topics ● Neat format that converts each section into a tab accessed area. ● Works really well. ● Authors: Nicolas Bretin and Patrick Thibaudeau.
  20. 20. Weekly Reversed ● Weeks shown in reverse order with the current week first. ● Forthcomming weeks are hidden from students but shown to editing teachers in a really neat way. ● Author: Mat Cannings.
  21. 21. Course formats summary ● Calendar - Nicolas Bretin and Patrick Thibaudeau ● 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 Patrick Thibaudeau ● Weekly Reversed - Mat Cannings Contributed Core ● Scorm ● Social ● Topics ● Weeks www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  22. 22. Late changes... 'Flex page' & 'eTask' ● Flex page: ● Only just released in 'Beta' for M2.4. ● Depends on lots of other plugins so did not want to risk installing for this presentation. ● Feel free to try it out on non- production servers. ● eTask: ● For M2.4 and 2.5. ● Shows overview and status of assignments at the top of the course.
  23. 23. Where to find help Forums: Course formats: moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=47 Comparisons and advocacy: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=2784 Teaching with Moodle forum: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=41 Documentation: http://docs.moodle.org/25/en/Category:Course_format Developing formats: See '/course/format/Readme.txt' in your installation. geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2010/06/real-coders-help-each-other www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  24. 24. The future ● Must remain theme independant. ● Improved core support – renderers. ● Stay straightforward. ● Ideas?... Slider sections, 3D cube, adaptive conditional layout... Thoughts? www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
  25. 25. Feedback ● Q & A. ● Other formats not already shown. ● Thank you for attending and participating. ● Feedback appreciated. ● About.me/gjbarnard or through the 'Course formats' forum. geek-and-poke.com/2013/01/stackoverflow.html www.iconfinder.com/iconsets/49handdrawing
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