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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  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Jun 8, 2017, 10:52 PM
  • Wed, Jul 5, 2017, 11:09 PM
    How can i configure each container so that they are centered relative to the page. I'm using 3.2+ Right now they seem to be justified left (4 containers - three on the top row and 1 on its own row, justified left.). I'd like to move center all of them, or have 2 rows of 2 containers. In the edit settings I didn't see that option. Thanks!
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 2:00 AM
    Hi Peter,

    The Grid format comes with no support. Please read the file for details.

    Kind regards,

  • Thu, Jul 6, 2017, 2:32 AM
    Gareth - thanks. Where can I find the file? I can't seem to find that on the discussion page or on the website. Thanks in advance for pointing me in the right direction.
  • Thu, Aug 3, 2017, 11:22 AM
    Hola: ¿Por favor me podría ayudar para poder configurar el formato grilla en cuadros y no en ovalos?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Aug 3, 2017, 7:19 PM
    Sorry Alejandra, I don't know what you're saying.
  • Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 3:07 AM
    Hola Gareth:

    En formato de curso rejilla en algunas versiones permite ver los iconos de la rejilla en forma de circulo y en otros en cuadrados. Mi inquietud es como puedo modificar la rejilla de círculos a cuadros o de cuadros a círculos?

    Te adjunto una imagen


  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 3:10 AM
    Hi Alejandra,

    The format only displays with squares and not circles.

  • Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 11:07 AM
    We are using Moodle 3.3.1 (Build: 20170710) with the Fordson theme v1.5.7 (Build: 2017082300) and we just added grid format (build:2017071700). We used grid format previously and really liked it. We have run into an issue now which may cause us to remove the grid format. The Grid format chnages the layout as it should, however, after installing the Grid format the items in the Nav bar , Participants, grades, badges and competencies , all open topic 7 in the course unless I have "Turned Editing ON". It does not matter which course you are in, if there are 7 or more topics, topic 7 will open. If there are 6 or less topics, everything works fine. Any ideas??
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Aug 30, 2017, 5:58 PM
    Hi Chris,

    Probably a z-index conflict with the theme. If you need me to look at this in the near future then I can send you my terms of business containing support rates.

    Kind regards,

  • Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 9:37 PM
    When upgrading Moodle, Gridformat does not show in the List for Missing files - so after completing the Upgrade, Gridformat wasn't available and we had to reinstall it (all courses were still configured as per before upgrade, so no major issues).
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Sep 14, 2017, 10:04 PM
    Hi Seaghan,

    I have no idea what you're talking about.

  • Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 2:07 AM
    Hi Gareth,

    We're unable to highlight topic areas in 3.3.2 (Build: 20170911), regardless of theme we're using.
    Thanks for looking into it.

  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Sep 20, 2017, 5:53 AM
    Hi Ryan,

    Cannot replicate with Grid V3.2.1.3 on Moodle 3.2.5+ (Build: 20170915) (2016120505.02) with Clean, Boost, Essential....

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