Level Maps — Installation & Setup


Install the Level Maps plugin using one of the following options:

Option 1: Install from zip package

  1. Download Level Maps Pro from https://bdecent.de/product/level-maps-pro/ 
  2. Login to your Moodle site as an admin and go to Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Install plugins.
  3. Upload the ZIP file. You should only be prompted to add extra details (in the Show more section) if the plugin is not automatically detected.
  4. If your target directory is not writeable, you will see a warning message.
  5. Check the plugin validation report

Option 2: Install manually on server

  1. Download Level Maps Pro from https://bdecent.de/product/level-maps-pro/
  2. Upload or copy it to your Moodle server.
  3. Unzip it in the `/course/formats` directory.
  4. In your Moodle site (as admin) go to Settings > Site administration > Notifications (you should, for most plugin types, get a message saying the plugin is installed).

For more detailed info, visit https://docs.moodle.org/en/Installing_plugins


Level Maps is compatible with Moodle 4.0 and Moodle 4.1. We do not support Moodle 3.x or Totara Learn at the moment, but it’s possible to create a compatible version, provided there is sufficient funding available.

Initial setup

After the installation, the Level Maps course format is ready to be used by teachers without additional configuration.

If activities should be displayed in a modal, please also install the Popup Activities course format. You can download it for free from https://moodle.org/plugins/format_popups 

Level Maps comes with a default design package which can be added by the site administrator in the global settings of the plugin. These can be found at Administration > Site administration > Plugins > Course Formats > Level Maps.

We provide two backup files as part of the Level Maps plugin:

  1. Demo Course — this backup file contains a fully functional demo course. Use it to see Level Maps in action just by restoring it onto your Moodle site (after installing the course format)
  2. Template Course — this backup file contains the course image and the levels (= Moodle course sections) that the design package includes. It is intended to be used as a starting point for teachers which then only have to add their activities.

Please note: as of now, it is not possible to alter the type of an activity. If you want to add your own content, you have upload the images for every new activity that you add, unless you’re happy with the default fallback that the site administrator has uploaded in the global settings.

Course setup

Select the course image from your design package or use our backup file as a starting point. The course image is already included in the backup file. Of course, you can use your own course image, too. Simply place the files via drag & drop.
Choose “Levels format” and include your course background image as a stage for your level thumbnails.

Level setup (section setup)

Include your image files via drag & drop. Choose your level map size. Generally, we recommend “Original size”. With this configuration learners are able to navigate horizontally and vertically. If you do not like that, you also can choose “fit height” or “fit width”. As thumbnail image size, we suggest to define 500x500px.

Activity setup

Include the activity images via drag & drop. We provide different images depending on the status of completion. The size of the activity image is set automatically and corresponds to the original size of the image. Place your activities via x-/y-position or via “setup positions”.
To place your activities via “setup positions”, turn off “Edit mode” and click on button “Setup Positions”.
Place the activities via drag & drop.
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