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:
11100 sites
253 fans
Current versions available: 3
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 3.9: If you are running Moodle 3.9, it is essential that you use the Moodle 3.9 (or higher) version of the Tiles plugin.  The Moodle 3.7 version is incompatible (following a change to Moodle core) and will cause you problems.  You can see which version of 'Tiles' you are running under Site administration > Plugins > Plugins overview > Course Formats > Tiles Format.


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  • Mon, Oct 5, 2020, 2:44 AM
    I have added a new version 2020080606 for Moodle 3.8/3.9 which is now a 'release candidate'. Unless anyone finds an issue with this, I will mark it as a 'stable' release in week commencing 19 October.

    @Peter Spicer thanks for the bug report - this release addresses that. I am going to overhaul the options in a little more detail once we have this stable, but hopefully that covers it for now.
  • Tue, Oct 6, 2020, 4:12 PM
    I have installed the plugin and all the options to edit the course are gone. I can not change the course template, not make a backup
  • Sat, Oct 10, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Hey David,

    great work. I love this course format and recommend it to all of my colleagues. I have a sugestion for a different layout of the tiles though:
    Sometimes (especailly when working with many tiles and the usage of background images) the layout is a bit overloaded. In my opinion the text/color overlay of the photo is the main reason for that. Perhaps you can consider to offer another layout. The Bootstrap Cards look quite clean to me: https://getbootstrap.com/docs/4.5/components/card/ . Furthermore it would be great to choose how many tiles per row should be visible. I would love to hear your opinion on that.
  • Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 12:24 AM
    Hello! Just want to say that we love this format and it has really brought a better design to our platform. However, we have had many problems with restrictions we have set up to limit access to documents and pages with video links. For some reason they won't open even when the restrictions are satisfied, and even more so on mobile devices. We ended up having to take away all restrictions because some students could open them and others could not and we could not find a difference in what each student was doing to justify the problem. Is this something you have had experience with or can be fixed in a future version? We don't want to go back to our previous format but we would like to be able to restrict certain activities.
    Thanks so much!
    Kim Solis
  • That's me
    Fri, Nov 27, 2020, 12:40 AM
    Hello! Is there a way to NOT use ANY icon for SUB categories: to enter just the text. Because on the PHONE there is too much clutter if I add an icon + the number + the title&
  • Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 2:04 AM
    Bug report:
    Progress doesn’t show (in % or as a fraction) an activity when this is locked under a restriction in "activity completion".
    Moodle 3.9.3+ (Build: 20201113)
    Versión Apache 2.4.46
    Versión PHP 7.3.24
  • Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 2:08 AM
    Issue report:
    Scenario: all activities are restricted under condition to be open if the previous one has met a requirement.
    Problem: Even though the previous activity was open, the following one remains closed.
    Temporary fix: type "F5" to make a refresh.
    Moodle 3.9.3+ (Build: 20201113)
    Versión Apache 2.4.46
    Versión PHP 7.3.24
  • Tue, Dec 15, 2020, 2:09 AM
    Very nice format. Clean and visual friendly.
  • Tue, Dec 15, 2020, 11:52 PM
    Hi, just for information, there is a very annoying bug with that plugin: it automatically scrolls down the page, even when no tile is open. So the first time a learner opens a course, if there is content above the tiles, it gets hidden.

    I'd love if this could be fixed, but from what I see from all the reports here, I won't hold my breath…

  • Tue, Jan 26, 2021, 9:09 AM
    Hi. I'm enjoying this format. One little quirk I found is that the links are gray. When I first installed the plugin last fall, the links were a more easily visible blue. I'm using Moodle 3.9 and Tiles 3.9. Are other users experiencing gray links?

    Thank you,

  • Wed, Jan 27, 2021, 12:31 AM
    I'm a new Moodler, building a site with Tiles Format. All's well except for the fact that when I click on a Course, it always goes to the bottom of the page where the tiles are and cuts off a lot of the content in the General section above it. I want to show the General content first, then the user can scroll down and see the tiles. Possible? Am I doing something wrong? TIA
  • Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 5:45 PM
    I use tile format to a moodle 3.10 installation with "school" theme. When I click on the 'upload picture' tab to add a picrure as i tile background I get an error invalid sesskey. Can you help me?
  • Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 12:49 AM
    Hi, congratulations on the design. I have two problems with Tiles. The first is that every time I add a resource in one of the tiles, by default it creates a new tile and adds the resource in that new tile and not the one where I create the activity. The second problem is that when I want to add an external LTI tool and I want it to open in a new window, it doesn't do so and it appears embedded, although in the options I specify that I want it to open a new window. Thank you very much for all the work, I hope you can help me with this. A greeting.
  • Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 1:30 AM
    Daniel please upgrade to the latest version of the plugin - it sounds like you may be using an incompatible old version intended for Moodle 3.7.

    With regard to the scrolling down to the tiles which others have mentioned, this is a feature not a bug, but I may add a setting for Site Admin to disable it in a later release
  • Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 9:43 PM
    Are there any plans to create a Totara compatible version of Tiles? We are migrating one of our sites onto Totara and would love to be able to keep using Tiles as the course format if possible.
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