Course formats: Flexible format

Maintained by Picture of Jez HJez H, Picture of Manoj SolankiManoj Solanki, Picture of Kevin MooreKevin Moore
The Flexible course format is based on Grid adding better mobile support, responsiveness, completion tracking and the ability to make sections collapsable.
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The Flexible course format is builds and improves upon the popular Grid format adding:

  • Better responsiveness on mobile devices
  • Modal popup for section summaries
  • Auto generation of SVG images where no image has been added to a section
  • Ability to show completion per section
  • Ability to show images within individual course sections
  • Ability to make certain sections pop out of the grid in a collapsible manner

This course format is designed to work only as one section per page which is arguably more accessible, mobile friendly and allows teachers to provide direct links to sections in response to queries.

Also see the "Structured Label" plugin which compliments this plugin:


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  • Picture of Plugins bot
    Wed, Jun 26, 2019, 5:16 AM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-7764
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 11:33 PM
    This Looks really cool! Great job
  • Picture of Chris Kenniburg
    Fri, Dec 13, 2019, 11:33 PM
    Do you need a separate plugin for the Discussion Tab to appear? Are they integrated?
  • Picture of Jez H
    Mon, Dec 16, 2019, 10:23 PM
    Hi Chris, the tabs are a feature within the Adaptable theme, they just render a block region into which we drop the discussion feed. Discussion feed is a separate block plugin we released here on Moodle.Org. So, you would need to add block regions as tabs or similar to Fordson. I think you know that is actually very straight forward in a theme.
  • Picture of Stina Rubin
    Fri, Mar 27, 2020, 7:52 PM
    Does this work on any theme or just a specific one? :D
  • Picture of tim st.clair
    Tue, Apr 7, 2020, 2:19 PM
    Images seem to be resized and cropped (extra margin applied).
    No progress bar, info - different to example video, see
    Different overall tile style (e.g. border, text cropping, text positioning).

    Moodle 3.8.2+ (Build: 20200327)
  • Picture of Jez H
    Fri, Apr 24, 2020, 4:19 PM
    Hi Tim, all the things you mention are options / settings within the plugin. That includes display of the progress bar which needs to be enabled. The progress bar also depends on you having completion tracking enabled in your course. It does all work, I think you just need to spend some time understanding the settings.
  • Picture of Angela Grollmisch
    Fri, May 8, 2020, 3:54 PM
    Hi, Would it work with Moodle 3.3.6?
  • Picture of Lynn M
    Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 6:00 PM
    Great format but are you planning to upgrade it to 3.9?
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