Course formats: Onetopic format

Maintained by que bueno que sabe el café colombiano... David Herney Bernal
Format to course that allows showing each topic in a tab, keeping the current tab between calls to resources, in such a way that when it returns from a module as the blog or the glossary it returns to tab from where you started. This format is based on the Moodle standard format: “Topics”. It accepts edition by AJAX.
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  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Thu, 12 Apr 2018, 5:44 AM
    Hi Craig,

    you can add a new tab, move it after to the tab 1 and set it as child. You don't need change between formats.

    Note: To move a tab, you can use the features in page bottom when the edition mode is active.

  • Picture of Wendy Hesta
    Fri, 13 Apr 2018, 3:57 PM
    Hi there, I am wondering how I can let one topic look great on mobile. On mobile the child tabs just appear as normal parent subjects. Hope you can help me out.
  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Sat, 14 Apr 2018, 12:27 AM
    Hi Wendy...

    You can use CSS selectors and set special styles in your theme. The child tabs are the seconds in the container ".single-section.onetopic". Use something like that to indent the child tabs or you can change the color or whatever you wish:

    @media (max-width:480px) {
    .single-section.onetopic .nav.nav-tabs:nth-child(2) {
    margin-left: 20px;

  • Picture of Tim Bahula
    Fri, 27 Apr 2018, 1:52 AM
    We just started using Onetopic and noticed today that a new course with the Onetopic course format does not have an Announcements/News forum. Announcement forums are a standard part of our course layout. Is it possible to add this feature? Or must we workaround by creating the course in another format and switching it to Onetopic?

    beunavista (2016071402) release on Moodle 3.1.9 (Build: 20171113)

    Wait... the readme says:
    Course format supports the creation of a news forum.

    What am I missing? Where should I see that option?
  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Fri, 27 Apr 2018, 3:04 AM
    Hi Tim...

    The Onetopic support the news forum but in old Moodle versions you need add the block "Latest announcements" in order to create it forum.

  • Picture of Tim Bahula
    Sat, 28 Apr 2018, 12:05 AM
    Muchas gracias, David.
  • Picture of Per Hessellund
    Mon, 4 Jun 2018, 5:52 PM
    We have been using OneTopic the past five years, and are now upgrading to 3.5. Is there a version for 3.5?
    BR. Per
  • Picture of Marc Segarra
    Sat, 9 Jun 2018, 5:44 PM
    Hello David,

    Can we know when version 3.4 for Moodle will be released?

    Thank you very much!
  • Picture of Kristbjorg Olsen
    Wed, 13 Jun 2018, 10:17 PM
    Hello David,

    Is the version for moodle 3.4 coming soon?

  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Thu, 26 Jul 2018, 2:14 PM
    Ready a new version compatible with 3.3, 3.4 and 3.5 moodle version.
  • Picture of Craig Mohr
    Sat, 11 Aug 2018, 3:57 AM
    I was reading about having completely hidden tabs in onetopic at

    It looks like this has been an issue for others. Is there a known solution or workaround?
  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Mon, 13 Aug 2018, 3:56 AM
    Hi Craig...

    That issue was fixed in Moodle 2.7+. Which is your Moodle version?

    Set course parameter "Hidden sections" to "Hidden sections are completely invisible" in order to hide tabs completely.


  • Picture of Craig Mohr
    Wed, 15 Aug 2018, 2:48 AM
    We are running 3.5
    It turned out to be an issue with the child tabs of hidden parent tabs. I believe it is all good now.
    Thank you!!
  • Picture of Kiran Derle
    Sat, 13 Oct 2018, 12:18 AM
    How can I add Parent Tab? I have just downloaded this plugin. Looks great. I have few sections under 4 different groups. Cant get it.
  • que bueno que sabe el café colombiano...
    Fri, 19 Oct 2018, 2:15 AM
    You can add child tabs changing the section configuration. Set "Level" option to "Child of previous tab".
    The child section need be to right to the parent section.

    Note: only have one secondary level.

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