## Blocks: Course contents

block_course_contents
Maintained by 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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Moodle 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

Course contents block is a plugin for Moodle that 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.

If the section name is explicitly defined, it is displayed in the course contents outline. If enabled, the block can eventually extract a suitable section title from the section summary text.

## Background

In older Moodle versions, course sections could not be named explicitly. Many teachers used to put headings manually to the course summary text fields. This block did an awesome job that it automagically extracted these headings from the summary fields and generated a nice course contents from them.

This feature is still available but it is less useful in modern Moodle versions where course sections can have explicit section titles defined.

## Automatic section title

If the section name is not explicitly defined and the auto title feature is enabled, the block automatically extracts a suitable title for the section from the section summary text.

If the summary starts with a heading (H1, H2, H3, etc), the heading will use such heading text. If the 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 speaking, the plain text content of the first non-empty HTML DOM node from the section summary can be used as the summary title.

## Tips and features

• Section titles can be enumerated.
• You can combine the auto title 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).

### Contributors

Dan Marsden: Contributor
Petr Skoda: Contributor
Nicolas Dunand: Contributor

### Awards

• Sat, 26 Nov 2016, 4:27 PM
David, are you thinking about an update for Moodle 3.2?
Anyone: as David says, often version for X works with X+0.1 - has anyone tested?

-Derek
• Mon, 28 Nov 2016, 6:17 PM

I'll try to look at updating my plugins for 3.2 this week. Any help with testing current versions will significantly help, thanks in advance!

• Wed, 31 May 2017, 9:16 PM
Hi David,
is this plugin continued? I used it in Moodle 3.2 without noticing any issues. After updating to Moodle 3.3 I only see the section 0 as navigation point which makes this plugin pretty useless in Moodle 3.3.
Best regards, Beat
• Fri, 2 Jun 2017, 4:11 PM
Hi Beat, hi David,

Observing the same thing here. I think it only comes down to commenting out 3 lines in block_course_contents.php (the IF block containing $course->numsections), as$course->numsections is not relevant anymore due to MDL-57769.
• Fri, 2 Jun 2017, 4:17 PM
Hi David,

I just filed a PR on GitHub offering a fix for this.
• Fri, 2 Jun 2017, 4:35 PM
Hi Nicolas,
thank you for providing this fix. Now all the sections are there again.
• Fri, 2 Jun 2017, 8:23 PM

Good catch! Thanks Beat for reporting this, and many thanks Nicolas for fixing it promptly. I have included the fix in the version 5.1 of the block for Moodle 3.3.

• Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 2:50 AM
Hi.

Great work with this plugin,

However i got a question to David, how can i translate to spanish all sections?, i mean stuff like navbar text, progress bar text and notes and doubts section.
i unpacked the plugin but i can't find anything.

• Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 2:53 AM

Sorry Adan, I am confused. There is actually nothing to be translated really - the block just displays the section names as defined by the teacher.

• Thu, 2 Nov 2017, 11:43 AM
Will this plugin be available for Moodle 3.4 ?
It seems to be working well in the current beta
• Sat, 11 Nov 2017, 4:33 AM

Thanks Germán for testing. I just released a version 5.1.1 that has been tested against Moodle 3.4. There are no functionality changes from the version 5.1. Just the reported coding style violations have been fixed and travis-ci integration updated.

• Thu, 8 Nov 2018, 3:39 PM
It is not working in a course in my 3.5.
• Fri, 9 Nov 2018, 4:09 PM

Ray, can you please go to https://github.com/mudrd8mz/moodle-block_course_contents/issues and describe your particular issue there? I believe it will something trivial as it works in 3.5 as expected.

• Wed, 14 Nov 2018, 3:19 PM
Good day, unless im doing something wrong it is only displaying the course name and not the sections in the course content block. im running mooodle 3.4.2 and have installed the latest version of Course Content. Pretty sure i am doing something.
• Wed, 14 Nov 2018, 4:04 PM

Bryce, can you please raise it as an issue in the plugin's tracker and provide more details on how the block is configured and how the course looks like. Thanks.