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Blocks: Course contents

block_course_contents
Course contents block produces a table of contents for the course - that is a list of all visible sections (topics or weeks) in the course. Clicking at one of these links will display that particular section.
Maintained by: Picture of David Mudrák David Mudrák
for Moodle
2.4

If the section name is defined, it is used in the course contents. Otherwise, the block automatically extracts a suitable title for every week or topic from the section summary. If you start summary with a heading (H1, H2, H3, etc), it will use such heading text. If your summary starts with a bold text, it will be used as a section title. If the summary consists of several paragraphs, the first one will be used. Technically spoken, the plain text content of the first non-empty HTML DOM node from the section summary is used as the summary title. If no suitable title can be populated, the current course format's default is used.

You can combine this feature with the multi-language filter to generate course contents in the user's language.

The block fits nicely into multipage course layout introduced in Moodle 2.3.

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Dan Marsden: Contributor
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David Mudrák (Lead maintainer)
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  • Picture of Dan Cox
    Mon, Dec 10, 2012, 6:23 PM
    Thanks, I tried that - chose "Any type of course main page", however it is not appearing on every course main page throughout the site.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Tue, Dec 11, 2012, 12:56 AM
    Ah right. Sorry I did not realize that. I forgot that the procedure to make the block appear at every course main page is 1) add it to the front page and then 2) at any course main page, edit the setting and amend the "Display on page types". But the current code did not enable adding to the front page. This was fixed in the version 2.4.0 of the block, released just today. Please note that it requires Moodle 2.4 though and I do not plan to backport this. Thanks for raising this.
  • Picture of Sabuj Sabuj
    Mon, Dec 31, 2012, 5:05 PM
    For Moodle 2.4 I was having a issue. Please check the solve in issue tracker here https://github.com/mudrd8mz/moodle-block_course_contents/issues/8#issuecomment-11774323 if that helps someone.
  • monia
    Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 7:13 PM
    Hi David,

    I am using Moodle 2.4, the block works well as do not show the hidden topics.

    The problem that I am having is the following:
    The block is not visible in the front page menu "Add a block". I don't need to add the block in the front page but in all the course pages. I have created an instance in one course and chosen "Display in any page". The problem is that it doesn't create the instances in the other pages. i have tried also to choose the other options.

    Do you suggest to add the block manually in each course page or there is another solution?

    Regards
    Monia
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013, 6:21 AM
    Hi Monia. Are you sure you are using the version of the block for Moodle 2.4? IIRC I tested putting the block at the front page before releasing the version and it worked...
  • Picture of Jeff White
    Tue, Feb 26, 2013, 9:30 PM
    Great plugin! Was able to get it to work with Moodle 2.4 but in 2.2 it will not show up on the add block in a course despite it being seen in the plugin overview and managed blocks.

    Slight request for collapsed course formats. Would it be possible for it to expand the section when you click on the link if the section is collapsed beforehand?
  • Picture of Aaron Metz
    Wed, Feb 27, 2013, 8:13 AM
    Many thanks for this contribution fellas, I promote the use of this mod with our teachers and it is well integrated into courses.

    Hoping you can help me with this query from one of our moodle champions;
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    The Course Content Bar defaults to NUMBERING the sections in Moodle 1, 2, 3, 4

    If Moodle were completely linear for me and if I was not using ORPHANS this would be great.

    Right now it is confusing my students a bit.

    Question:

    Is there a way to get rid of the sequential numbering in the Course Contents bar?
  • Me, with my new 'slow explosion' hair!
    Fri, Mar 8, 2013, 10:09 PM
    Hi David. The Zip file here download lists 2.4.1 as stable, but the git branch MOODLE_24_STABLE is showing 2.4 (not 2.4.1) and the master branch shows 2.4.1 as ALPHA. Is 2.4.1 STABLE available via git? Thanks.
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Mon, Mar 11, 2013, 7:21 PM
    Hi Paul. Thanks for letting me know. I forgot to push MOODLE_24_STABLE to github. I just fixed that - https://github.com/mudrd8mz/moodle-block_course_contents/blob/MOODLE_24_STABLE/version.php

    The master branch declares the version as DEV which is ALPHA - see https://github.com/mudrd8mz/moodle-block_course_contents/blob/master/version.php
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Thu, Mar 14, 2013, 9:22 PM
    Aaron, the enumeration on/off setting has been added in v2.4.0 version of the block for Moodle 2.4. See the bug #2.
  • Picture of Andreas Panagiotopoulos
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013, 2:29 PM
    Hello David!

    Thank you for this very useful block!

    I have weekly format courses and I would like to show the range of weeks with the short format (for example 5/08/2013 - 11/08/2019), ignoring the summary of each section. How can I do this?

    Regards,

    Andreas
  • Picture of Amanda Doughty
    Tue, Sep 10, 2013, 11:59 PM
    We have this block installed and recently added a Turning Point activity and block. However the two clash as both include class simple_html_dom_node.

    I cannot find anything in Moodle coding standards or any other docs, recommending where a third party library should be installed but I would have thought it should be in /local rather than in a block or mod?

    How would you suggest getting around this kind of clash?
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013, 12:47 AM
    Hi Amanda, That's a good issue to raise. There is no such a policy I would be aware of. First idea coming to my mind is that at least one of these addons (ideally both) should check if the class already exists and only if not, it would load it. This could still lead to potential problems if each of addons required a specific version of the library, but that should be pretty rare case. Please, report your issue at Github, I'll look at it.
  • Picture of Ioana Porumb
    Fri, Feb 21, 2014, 12:03 AM
    Hi David

    love the plugin, need it badly smile but I just updated my site to a 2.6.1. Do you have a time line for that?

    Best regards from sunny Switzerland,
    Ioana
  • Picture of David Mudrák
    Fri, Feb 21, 2014, 5:44 AM
    Hi Ioana. I admit I'm late with updating my add-ons for 2.6. Anyway, I believe that the most recent 2.5.x version of the block should just work fine in Moodle 2.6, too.
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