Is there any way that the course main page (topic 0) can be made visual? For example a big picture, with hotspots on the picture to take them to various places on the course? (And back again to this page.)
Or even a blank Topic 0 but where home made icons can be placed anywhere on that space (not in a straight line with text) for access to different activities?
Has anyone done this or is it in the plans for the future?
I quite agree with Andrea that at the moment the visual display of a course home page in Moodle is visually quite restricted. I miss the facility I had in WebCT to decide on my own icons (and their size) rather than having to rely on the set of pre-determined icons by activity/resource type.
I have found one workaround, which is not working too well because of the nagging way the HTML editor has to "tidy" my HTML code (instead of minding its own business).
Here is an modest example and the visual result.
In the Edit Summary of topic 0, I put the following code:
< div style="margin-left: 350px; float: right; position: absolute;" >< img hspace="0" height="120" border="0" src="icon01.gif" / >< /div >General Resources and Activities
where icon01.gif points to an image in my moodledata directory.
But this does not go very far...
BTW, the screen dump displays a course using my orange chocolate theme.
That looks interesting, Joseph, but it still has the list of activities (words and tiny icon). And as you say there is less choice with icons.
Maybe as it is Topic Zero, could someone develop a more flexible design structure here? Keep the text option for those who want to use text, but also provide a visual option where we could put our own icons anywhere within that section (perhaps by using a table structure) but that our icon options can still link to the various activites or pages?????)
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Keep the text option for those who want to use text.
Section 0 can be filled with labels and activities. Combine that with the HTML editor and you are certainly not limited to a text option
The HTML editor already allows you to insert images or icons anywhere in that section and it does a great job at rendering table structures as well. If you add your images inside a table structure than you can make a kind of image map where every image links to a specific part of the course. (Use the link icon in the HTML editor)
The screenshot show an example of images, combined in a table, where every image has it's own link as well as a textlink...
Joseph has a point in telling the HTML editor sometimes messes up HTML code. But I guess adding more options (like CSS) to the HTML editor would make it more complicated to use for beginning users. The ones who would need the complicated options are probably better of using an external HTML editor and copying the resulting HTML directly into Moodle's textarea. (You could try that if the HTML editor doesn't allow you to do what you want to. Choose HTML as your preferred format and then paste in the desired HTML)
PS Quite agree with you, after all, the HTML editor is OK for those who can deal with its present functionality. For those who want more sophisticated things, they can use an external editor (that's what I do most times).
The fact remains that, not infrequently, when you paste into the code view of the HTML editor some HTML code you have deleveloped elsewhere, the HTML editor will 'tidy' it up, which in fact means messing it up. Well, we can live with that,
Here's another suggestion--if want to get really visual, create a flash movie with images, menus, your links, etc. and embed it into the 0 section. That way you can control everything and not worry about the html editor.
you are very very right. Many Moodle courses offer text and hardly any pictures. Pictures make the courses so much more attractive.
Moodle is very flexible. If you get used to it and know how your Moodle course shall look you can design it. To include pictures is no problem. Jan created a block which can show pictures randomly. In the HTML sideblock you can place pictures too. In every topic or week area on the course page you can place pictures into the label resource.
I for example am working on the below shown course design in the moment.
This layout uses the CMS addon to generate the text on the bottom half of the screen. The top half is done using a label in the topic 0 area.
Hope this gives you some ideas.
Where can I find this..
It is an html page--so, anything you can put in the html editor you can put there--I wonder if you could add a link to the menu to an activity index page--has anyone tried this? Go to my test site, here and click on the links in the Main Menu as well as the link in the Quick Tips block to see it in action.
I love your automotive site, but I think the flash menu is a little too advanced for me. I have a site set up with the kubrick theme and CMS but with the CMS menu on the left on the homepage--I really want to do something just like your Monte site--what an inspiration. Are you not using the CMS nav block? Is your 0 section just inserted images and links in a table?
Thanks -- you and Urs are doing wonderful work "advancing" the look of Moodle.
None of the designs I have done so far have required the Nav Block. Not that I am against it. Just haven't needed to use it
And yes, my 0 section is images and links in a table. Not the simplest of tables I will admit, but essentially that is all it is.