Grid Format

Course formats ::: format_grid
Maintained by Gareth J BarnardGareth J Barnard
A modular and visual course format. Hides all topics and creates a grid of icons (one for each topic) with short titles. Clicking on an icon brings up the content from the corresponding topic.
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A modular and visual course format. Hides all topics and creates a grid of icons (one for each topic) with short titles. Clicking on an icon brings up the content from the corresponding topic in a "lightbox" style display.


The format comes with NO support.  Please see the 'Support' section in '' file that comes with the format.  This is because the format is complex and I regret that I don't have the time / resources to freely assist with questions pertaining to specific enhancements / changes / knowledge improvement.

I will investigate genuine bugs and issue fixes in a timescale set by myself.  When reporting issues you MUST clearly state the full version and release of both Moodle and the Grid format format as contained within their 'version.php' files - if not it takes me longer to figure out, often resulting in me asking for the details anyway and slowing the process of solving your problem down.  It really helps to upload and describe in detail the issue you are having on the 'Course formats' forum.

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More to follow as new icons have been added....

Privacy API support starts with V3.3.0.5 for M3.3 and V3.4.0.4 for M3.4 where the API has been implemented in the minor release of Moodle.


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  • Thu, Jul 1, 2021, 7:15 PM
    Oh, duh! Thank you Dave!!
  • Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 10:23 PM
    Hi. First i want to thank you for such great plugin that i personally have been using for almost 3 years now. one thing i noticed though. When you try to embed a video in a label activity and you try to play it. if then you close the modal, the video keeps playing in the background. So it would be great if you can force stop embedded videos upon closing modal
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Jul 16, 2021, 11:07 PM
    Dear Dave,

    Thanks. That problem has been around for many years and I've never been able to solve it. If you have a patch with a potential solution, then I'd be happy to look at it.

  • Fri, Jul 23, 2021, 7:10 AM
    Hello dear Gareth,

    Is it possible to show the compleation on each section on the grid. something like a porcentaje or maybe the fraction of the activities already done for a section. I like a lot this format.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Jul 23, 2021, 7:10 PM
    Dear Alfredo,

    It's not possible at the moment, but could be added in. This would be a reasonable amount of work.

    Kind regards,

  • Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 12:23 AM
    Hi Gareth - I have a problem with grid format image on hover - in other Moodle versions both 3.3. and 3.11 everything fine where the image grows slightly from centre but I am using 3.9.1 for another client and the image reduces to the right bottom corner leaving white space to top and left. Any help appreciated.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 12:31 AM
    Dear Graham,

    Probably some iffy CSS in the theme or another plugin. As this is almost certainly site specific, then I'll want to be paid for my investigation time and any fix I give. If however, it actually does transpire to be a Grid issue, then I won't charge.

  • Mon, Jul 26, 2021, 5:16 AM
    Many thanks Gareth - think you’re right- I will try some overriding CSS first.
  • Tue, Sep 14, 2021, 1:33 AM
    This plugin is magnificent, lately it is reporting problems when changing the grid theme, it automatically boots me from the system and I get a screen! Wow, there was an error when displaying the web !.

    Is there any way to fix it already update to the new version and also install an old version, but nothing.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Sep 15, 2021, 12:45 AM
    See: MDL-72494.
  • Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 7:33 PM
    Hello, I and my colleagues are now having the same issue as Graham Sandersfield with the grid format (when hovering; since Moodle had its recent annual update at my institution), so it would seem to be a grid issue?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Sep 17, 2021, 7:44 PM
    Dear Nicola,

    Please post screen shots, steps to replicate and full details of versions etc. along with details of any other contributed plugins on the Course and Course formats forum.

  • Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 5:58 PM
    Hi everyone.

    I manage both a Moodle LMS as well as a Totara LMS.

    Does anyone know if we can use this plugin on Totara? I've been wanting to set up a grid format course template on Totara.

    Thank you
  • Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 6:23 PM
    Hi Mauricio - I have certainly used the grid format on Totara 9, Totara 10 and Totara 11 if my memory is correct. Not sure about the newer versions of Totara, but I expect it would work.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Oct 7, 2021, 7:25 PM
    Dear Mauricio,

    You could always create a Totara test server and see if it works.

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