Something I have been experimenting with and works brilliantly (it would be good to hear what the Moodle Developers think - will I encounter problems)
I have a course with 5 sections
, each section has about 9 topics and each topic has at least 5 resources. With the Moodle setup - it makes the entire course very long and very difficult (for students) to navigate.
What I discovered was that you can link to the URL
in sections that are not displayed. So what I have done is put all my resources/activities (all 225+ of them) in section 7 - 12, I create a webpage for each topic which gives all the hyperlinks to these unseen (as opposed to hidden)
resources/activities. These are also kept in the unseen sections. In the seen sections I have links to the webpages (done in tables to make it even more compact). In the settings of the course I have the number of weeks/topics set to 5 only - and thats where the beauty of it is - a course which looks very short and compact.
When you need to edit your resources - change the settings back to the full quota and everything magically reappears.
This means my course has a very compact appearance - typical webpage type look about it.
Everything seems to work - forums, grading, chatroom,backup,restore.
In another course I have it set to 1 week/topic only (the minimum allowed) yet there are 5 unseen sections with all the resources/activities. All navigation around the site is controlled though an HTML block.
If you want to have a look at the courses (which at this stage and for quite a while are work in progress
) then check out these linksNumber Course
- only Section 1 will be active - but that will give you enough to play with.
no guest access but for a while you can use
username:rosst password:visitorMoodle4Teachers "Course"
- there is guest access (but can use rosst as well)