I have a course setup and everything is working fine, so this is more of an esthetic problem than functional. Here are some of the settings for the course:
Format: Topics Format
News Items to Show: 5 new Items
Number of Weeks/Topics: 3
So, when I go into the course, there are three numbered boxes, and each box contains curriculum material. But, above that first box is an unnumbered box, and it is this box that I would like to get rid of. I currently don't have any material there. When editing is on there is a drop down so that I can add resources, but I would rather not have the unnumbered box there.
Does anyone have any idea as to how to get rid of this, or is it there by default? I've looked over the settings, but I can't for the life of me see that there is a simple way of doing this.
As far as I know, you can't shut off the top block. A workaround, though, would be to change your course settings (admin pnl) for hidden sections to completely hidden, then hide block #1 by clicking the closed eye icon. Use the top block for topic 1, and the rest for yoru remaining topics.
You will always see the hidden block when logged in because you are the admin for the course, but other non-admin/instructor users will not.
That block really functions as spot for course-wide concerns, discussions (ie. the default News forum for announcements, ect.) and for overall resources that do not pertain to any one course topic/unit. This first section might be used for off-topic issues for learners to interact socially and build community. If you don not require a central spot for course-wide concerns, then simply inserting a Label or graphic will change this section to a simple decorative component.
Note that Moodle always creates a News forum if you have a "Latest News" forum, and it puts it in this section. So either move the forum elsewhere, or remove the Latest News block before deleting the forum.
Note also that the HTML editor often inserts hidden code like a <br /> ... so when editing the section summary you may have to switch to "Code mode" and remove this stuff before saving it as truly blank.
It is good to know that this is a possibility. I find that I use the top block to title the course, and for all the other miscellaneous things that have been mentioned here, but it is always interesting to know other options!
Yes, it is a good habit to use for resources and activities that span the whole course-period: If a student selects one section, this block is always visible too.
My only wish is to have the items in this section NOT in a vertical row, but as a set of small HORIZONTAL row to take lesser screen space.
- hovering should show the labelof that icon
- the icon must become clickable
I have a problem with topic 0!
I was using it to show the photo of a group and the name of the course but now it is blocked and I cannot edit it. The hand with pen icon is not responding.
What should I do?!?!
I think you killed part of the code that brings special items on the screen in section zero. This can disturb the function of the ("later") items.
If the writing hand is not reacting, then your problem is above that level.
(We had this problem two times in the last three years.)
Workaround: Find with phpmyadmin in the database the field for this item, repair the code and - if I am correct - your problem is gone .
I'm very new at this so, can you elaborate on that?
I think phpmyadmin is a tool you can use to edit the database but at waht level can you use it? What can you do with it? I'm not at the top level of administration
MySQL Admin, or phpMyAdmin, may be used by Moodle admin via the Database link in the administration block on the course home page. (It may be downloaded from Download: Integrations.)
Your problem with section 0 may be solved by browsing the table mdl_course_sections and editing the summary code in the problem section.
Following on from the blocks issue, is it possible to remove the title block above block 0 that says "Topic outline" or "Weekly View" completely? I would like to be able to remove or hide it if possible. Does anyone know if I can?
Probably the best way to do things like this is by getting familiar with the stylesheets and using a custom theme to make the changes rather than hacking code, etc.
If you look in the standard stylesheets you will find under course the styles for that part of the course page called: headingblock.
Now, you can add the following code to your theme css stylesheet:
You can find out more about custom themes in the documentation and the Themes forum.