Mix and match your course layout with the Designer plugin

If you teach with Moodle, it’s quite likely you use a variety of content – perhaps some links to websites, some resources for reading and some assignments and quizzes for actively involving your learners. Perhaps you use one of the standard Moodle course formats, such as the Topics or Weekly format. Or perhaps your organisation has installed course format plugins in Moodle which allow you to display your content in different ways, making it more appealing to your classes. Whichever format you use, until now it has only been possible to have one type of layout per course. But what if that restriction were removed? What if within the same course, you could select the most appropriate layout for your content? Mix and match! This month’s featured plugin is a course format called Designer, developed by Stefan Scholz (whose other contribution Kickstart we’ve featured before in this series) which enables you to do just …

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Designer won “Reviewer’s choice” award

Our Moodle course format Designer has received the reviewer’s choice award (again, we already won it for Kickstart and Restriction by section completion) for bringing new UI and UX concepts. We’ve built Designer to allow teachers to build amazing courses. Usually, all activites in a Moodle course look very similar. While they have different icons, there is no obvious distinction between important or mandatory content and (optional) resources. With Designer, teachers can choose different layouts per section. If you want to see Designer and Designer pro in action, have a look at our Designer Tutorials course. Or create a test course and try it out yourself!

Designer 1.0 — test our new course format now!

Without doubt, Moodle’s has a lot to offer when it comes to learning activities. From pages that can contain multi media content to assignments with powerful grading workflows, from highly interactive content (h5p) to easy to build feedback forms, teachers can choose from a variety of tools to create collaborative and diverse courses.

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