Blocks: Course contents

block_course_contents
Maintained by Picture of David Mudrák David Mudrák
Course contents block displays a list of all visible sections (such as topics or weeks) in the course. Clicking at a link scrolls to that section or displays just that particular section, depending on the course layout setting.
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Stuart Mealor
Friday, 21 April 2017, 10:49 AM
Usability
10/10
Accessibility
10/10
Technical
10/10
General comments
This Block creates a dynamic Table of Contents (TOC) for the Course - a list of all visible Sections (Topics or Weeks).Clicking on one of the TOC links will display that particular section on the course page.Although the features can be paralleled using the Navigation Block for example, this plugin does provide some additional control and options that mean it could still add something 'new to the mix' in the way it can pull the Section names, and/or the Section Summary (description) and cleverly...
Usability
The Block is very easy to setup, and basically looks after itself once added.I like the way each section in the Table of Contents has a number too :-)It is perhaps useful for Teachers to use short section titles / summary descriptions, because if they are long it results in the titles having to wrap in the Block - no way to avoid this - other than having concise section titles.
Accessibility
There are no real accessibility issues here, because the Block is simply creating a list of hyperlinks to each course section.However, it's worth noting that you can format content in the Summary / Description field and use with the multi-language Filter to generate the Table of Contents in the user's language as specified on their Profile.
Technical
I haven't reviewed the code, but as the plugin is maintained by David Mudrák, a long time Moodle developer and member of the Moodle HQ team, I think we can be very confident it follows best-practice coding guidelines !This plugin has been developed since 2011, and has regular fixes and updates, so no problem there.I haven't noticed any adverse performance when adding this to a Course :-)

Course contents 1.9.1 for Moodle 1.9

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Petr Skoda
Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 10:38 PM
General comments
A few minor problems were discovered and fixed during review of this block for use on servers of Technical University of Liberec. For more details see previously published review at Some Random Thoughts blog
Security
This block displays only existing trusted content and does not modify any database information. The code is well structured and is using recommended coding style. This plugin is suitable for use on production servers. This security review was funded by Technical University of Liberec.

Course contents 2.0.1 for Moodle 2.0

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Petr Skoda
Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 10:41 PM
General comments
A few minor problems were discovered and fixed during review of this block for use on servers of Technical University of Liberec. For more details see previously published review at Some Random Thoughts blog
Security
This block displays only existing trusted content and does not modify any database information. The code is well structured and is using recommended coding style. This plugin is suitable for use on production servers. This security review was funded by Technical University of Liberec.

Course contents 2.1.2 for Moodle 2.1

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Petr Skoda
Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 10:40 PM
General comments
A few minor problems were discovered and fixed during review of this block for use on servers of Technical University of Liberec. For more details see previously published review at Some Random Thoughts blog
Security
This block displays only existing trusted content and does not modify any database information. The code is well structured and is using recommended coding style. This plugin is suitable for use on production servers. This security review was funded by Technical University of Liberec.