Course formats presentation

  1. Welcome
  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
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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).
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Flexible Sections ● Topic based format that allows sub sections. ● Sections can be merged. This is permanent. ● Author: Marina Glancy.
  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. Masonry Topics ● Automatically arranges topics by size and adjusts to screen area. ● Good adaptive functionality. ● Author: Renaat Debleu.
  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. 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. One Topic ● Converts each section into a 'tab' accessible area. ● Left and right navigation. ● Author: David Herney Bernal.
  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. Tab Topics ● Neat format that converts each section into a tab accessed area. ● Works really well. ● Authors: Nicolas Bretin and Patrick Thibaudeau.
  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. 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
  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. Where to find help Forums: Course formats: Comparisons and advocacy: Teaching with Moodle forum: Documentation: Developing formats: See '/course/format/Readme.txt' in your installation.
  24. The future ● Must remain theme independant. ● Improved core support – renderers. ● Stay straightforward. ● Ideas?... Slider sections, 3D cube, adaptive conditional layout... Thoughts?
  25. Feedback ● Q & A. ● Other formats not already shown. ● Thank you for attending and participating. ● Feedback appreciated. ● or through the 'Course formats' forum.