Tiles format

Course formats ::: format_tiles
Maintained by David Watson
A course format which displays course topics as "Tiles", in a grid rather than as a list. When clicked, tile content is displayed under the tile with an animated transition. The layout adapts to different screen sizes and orientations. Within each tile, activities can also be set to display as "sub-tiles". For each tile, the teacher can pick an icon from a predefined set, or upload a background photo.
Latest release:
16759 sites
400 fans
Current versions available: 7
Key features
  • Tiles are used to show course topics and activities
  • Animation is used to expand tiles to reveal content
  • Icons or photos on each tile increase visual appeal
  • Modal windows (animated pop ups) to show content
  • Colours for tiles are customisable
  • Theme compatibility is broad (Boost, Clean, Essential, Moove and Adaptable).
  • Easy to switch into Tiles from other formats (e.g. Topics, Grid) without changing course content
  • User friendly (e.g. tile icons are provided and don't need to be uploaded)
  • Mobile responsive (adapts to different screen sizes and orientations)
  • Progress shown on tile with % in a circle, or as a fraction


Moodle 4.3 update (note updated 19 March 2024)

A stable release of "Tiles" for Moodle 4.3 is now available.  Thanks to those who tested the betas and reported bugs using the bug tracker

The release:
  • includes a change to the way that tile photos and icons are stored in the database (during your own testing, please check that your Tile photos and icons are retained and report it if not)
  • implements some new core features (course index and bulk editing tool)
  • fixes the activity completion issue (Moodle 4.3)
  • includes styling improvements to activity sub-tiles.

Moodle 4.0 - 4.2: These same improvements are available to Moodle 4.0 - 4.2 as beta releases and all being well these should be promoted to "stable" releases in March/April 2024.


Screenshot #0
Screenshot #1
Screenshot #2
Screenshot #3
Screenshot #4
Screenshot #5
Screenshot #6
Screenshot #7
Screenshot #8


David Watson (Lead maintainer)
Please login to view contributors details and/or to contact them

Comments RSS

Show comments
  • Christian Stickel
    Mon, 9 Oct 2023, 9:39 PM
    The navigation bar of the bulk edit feature is not available when using the tiles format. We are on Moodle 4.2.2 with Tiles
  • Miki Alliel
    Mon, 23 Oct 2023, 3:56 PM
    Hello. how can I simply disable the pop up "Data preference" which keep displayed each time I enter to the course , even if I click "yes" to remember. thank you
  • Marta Lopes
    Thu, 23 Nov 2023, 3:49 AM
    Estou usando a versão Moodle 4.3 e estou aguardando a versão do formato tiles que seja compatível , pois o status (concluido, pendente) das atividades não aparecem.
  • Daniel Burkhard
    Wed, 29 Nov 2023, 4:56 AM
    I use the tile format for our courses. If the first tile is an image file, it opens in fullscreen, taking the user "out" of the main course interface. I noticed that instead of navigating to https://my.moodle.project/resource/view.php?id=xy, an "&redirect=1" is appended. This causes the image in fullscreen to be loaded as if it's "in the application."
    Does anyone have an idea on how to suppress the "&redirect=1" or identify which setting might be incorrect?
  • Joachim Birke
    Thu, 7 Dec 2023, 6:00 AM
    Hi, I installed a new moodle 4.3 instance and tried Version tile format
    There is a problem while displaying the activity completion in all fields: The button is visible in course edit mode. But when disabeling edit mode the activity completion button/field is hidden.
    The functionality in other course formats works fine, so it must be a problem in tiles format.
    In Moodle 4.1 it worked fine.
    By the way: When opening a single activity the button is visible in the head of the activity, functional and activity can be changed.
    Even the activity progres bar in the tile works when calling the course.
    It may be just a problem of visibility when clicking on a tile and show the activities as a list.
    Switching the course format e.g. to weekly format -> all buttons are visible as recommended...
    Thank you for solving the problem in the next version!
  • Phillip Miranda
    Tue, 9 Jan 2024, 10:29 PM
    Good morning, everyone,

    I'm on version 4.3.1 of Moodle and using version of the Tiles Format. I've been facing some issues, such as the completion of the activity not appearing for the student and not allowing progression to the next activity when we set a minimum grade in the quiz. This happens even with the restriction method indicating that they can advance with any grade.

    Has anyone else experienced this issue?
  • Philipp Memmel
    Tue, 9 Jan 2024, 11:57 PM
    Hi, the maintainer already announced to update the format, but has not done it yet.

    In the meantime: I fixed it *MY WAY* right here: https://bitbucket.org/mebis-lp/moodle-format_tiles/commits/c3a2c79e61a638dd2167936f9b0f883e07b30117

    No idea, if the maintainer would do it the same way I did, so here comes the default disclaimer:
    No guarantee for anything, but feel free to use the code smile As the maintainer never accepts pull requests at all I did not provide one.
  • IELTS Organizer
    Sat, 13 Jan 2024, 12:43 AM
    Dear David
    Thank you for the great plug-in. It's a breath of fresh air to be able to design each tile; I wonder if there is a way to set a photo for individual activities?
  • Léo Andrade - Educação e Tecnologia
    Tue, 23 Jan 2024, 12:02 AM
    Urgent - We need the format_tiles plugin for Moodle 4.3

    Dear sirs,

    When using the format_tiles plugin, in the student profile, viewing the completion of each activity in a course is unavailable. It is an exceptional plugin that has been widely used by the community in educational institutions around the world. In many countries, we are starting the planning and configuration of courses scheduled for 2024 and which will begin soon. Would it be possible to resolve this issue quickly? We thank you for your attention, understanding and commitment. We await news!
  • johan verweij
    Fri, 26 Jan 2024, 7:04 AM
    i want to use avif files but can´t.... please help me ;)
  • David Watson
    Sat, 3 Feb 2024, 3:29 AM
    A Beta release of "Tiles" for Moodle 4.3 is now available. Please test this and report any bugs using the bug tracker linked at the top of the page.

    The "Beta" designation is to indicate that further testing is required, so I intend to allow 3 weeks from today for any bugs to be identified. If no significant known bugs remain by 23 February 2024, I plan to upgrade this to a "release candidate" on that date, with a view to upgrading it to "stable" by 15 March 2024.

    The release includes a change to the way that tile photos and icons are stored in the database, so during your own testing, please check that your Tile photos and icons are retained and report it if not.

    I added more details at the top of the page about what's included, and the next updates for the Moodle 4.1 and 4.2 versions.
  • Birgit Lachner
    Sat, 24 Feb 2024, 2:36 AM
    Hello ...
    I would like to "recreate" a function in tile format, but I can't do it.

    It is the case that clicking on a "text page" activity results that it is displayed in a modal dialog.

    Because we want to make several activities compactly accessible, we want to link to the text pages in a text field. However, a link from the text field means that the text page is not displayed as a modal dialog but takes up the entire browser window page. This is good for pages with a lot of content, but unnecessary for pages with little content.

    Therefore, I wanted to try to imitate the behavior of displaying a modal dialog. But I can't find the reason why there is this difference in the behavior?
    The link address in the activity is the same as in the text link. I noticed an event onclick="". But it also does not cause the page to be displayed in the modal dialog via the text link.

    Can you enlighten me wink

    Many thanks, Birgit from Germany
  • Ben Girard
    Thu, 29 Feb 2024, 11:16 PM
    Thanks for the latest beta version!! It's addressing numerous issues we were having. smile
  • Queenie Chan
    Tue, 12 Mar 2024, 3:38 AM
    At which version does the edit mode change? Our client wants to be able to see the tiles in both edit and non-edit mode.
  • Javier Afeltra
    Wed, 27 Mar 2024, 7:12 AM
    When the latest version of the format "Titles" or mosaics I get this error that prevents me from editing any resource in the course.
    Excepción - Class "format_tiles\output\courseformat\content\cm\controlmenu" not found

    If I choose another format the error disappears and I can edit the course.
    How can I fix it? Thank you very much
Please login to post comments