Moodle for mobile

Supporting course blocks in the Moodle Mobile

Picture of Juan Leyva
Supporting course blocks in the Moodle Mobile
Group Core developersGroup Moodle HQGroup Particularly helpful MoodlersGroup Plugin developersGroup Testers

Hello there,

I was presenting/attending at the last Moodle UK&Ireland Moodlemoot and some people asked me (in person and by twitter) about supporting blocks in the Moodle Mobile app.

Initially, we chose to not support blocks because we thought it would generate usability problems for students. There are several reasons:

  • Blocks are intended to display additional course information on the side of the page, in mobile apps with the screen size limitations we can't display them
  • We thought that a good course design should not rely on blocks
  • Some of the functionality provided by blocks is already supported in the app (like calendar events, badges, search, messages, private files, self completion)

What are your thoughts on this?

Do you think we should support at least the HTML block?

Where would you add this new information in the app? A new option in the course main menu? In the sections list?

Thanks for you feedback

Average of ratings: Useful (5)
Picture of Douglas Broad
Re: Supporting course blocks in the Moodle Mobile

That might be helpful. Without them, the courses are much cleaner and easier to navigate.  Our courses include an instructor HTML block. Typically this includes contact and schedule info.  Such blocks could be implemented like collapsed sections after the last section. Might be nice to have block settings that toggle whether it should be visible in the mobile app.

Average of ratings: -
Picture of Farzin Khalilzadeh
Re: Supporting course blocks in the Moodle Mobile

All the points you noted are correct. It wouldn't be neat to use block in the small screen sizes of mobile phones. However I think we also should consider tablets and desktop apps. It would be great to have the ability to use blocks on these platforms since they have enough space for them. I'm not sure how would the UI look like with blocks in these platforms but surely UI designers would make something out of it.

Average of ratings: -