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Course formats: Flexible sections format

format_flexsections
Organises course content in any number of sections that can be nested. Each section can be displayed expanded or collapsed
Maintained by: Picture of Marina Glancy Marina Glancy
for Moodle
2.5, 2.6

This course format looks very similar to Topics format except:

  • there is no parameter "Number of sections", sections can be added and removed as necessary
  • section can also be added inside another section
  • each section (regardless of its nesting level) can be shown expanded or collapsed. Teacher can change it in edit mode.
  • If section is displayed collapsed, it's name is displayed as a link to the separate page and on this separate page the link "Back to ... " is displayed

If teacher hides a section all nested sections and activities become hidden as well.

Please note that if section has both activities and subsections activities are displayed first.

On the attached screenshots the section "Assignments" has Label resource and two subsections - "New assignments" (displayed expanded) and "Old assignments" (collapsed). Note how course navigation looks like in this case.

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  • Picture of Ryan-Neal Mes
    Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 8:15 PM
    Tested this out in moodle 2.6.1 ... looks great. Almost what we need. It would be great if you could chose how the sections are displayed. For example in the basic topics format you can display each topic on a new page. This functionality seems to be lost with sub topics.

    So in my case I really want to display sub topics with in a topic (or module), but I need the first level to be per page ... like in the normal topics format

    Maybe I missed an option somewhere?!?

    Anyway awesome plugin! Just missing my requirements sad
    Awesome plugin though.
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 8:18 AM
    Hi Ryan, turn editing mode on and you will see a collapse/expand icon for each section and subsection. It is also mentioned in plugin description above.
  • Picture of Ryan-Neal Mes
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013, 6:43 PM
    Hi

    Thanks for the reply. I see the collapse options, but none of them work. I have check the display as admin and student, but no luck :/

    Aside from that, I feel the page nesting functionality is still quite important. If you have a huge course, you may be able to collapse things, but it can still get quite messy. It would be great to be able to say what level of sections display on new pages. Just some thoughts. I still think it's great smile
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Sun, Dec 15, 2013, 11:40 AM
    Hi Ryan, if you use 2.6 make sure to upgrade to the latest weeklies release, there was a bug in the core that prevented expand/collapse controls to work
  • Picture of Ryan-Neal Mes
    Sun, Dec 15, 2013, 4:09 PM
    Cool. I will check it out. Thanks.
  • Picture of vishnu prasad
    Sun, Jan 19, 2014, 3:14 PM
    Hello, we are using this format in our course, it was running smooth in the beginning. but recently we are facing some issues with this format, we can't select activities to make a backup its taking more than 2-3 minutes to tick single activity for backup process. this is happening only with the course with flexible section format, the other course in the same site with other format working fine. is there anyone face issue like this?
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 10:35 AM
    Hello Vishnu,
    course format usually don't affect backup process but I can look at that. Can you please tell what version and what build number of Moodle core you are using?
    Marina
  • Picture of vishnu prasad
    Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 1:19 PM
    Hello we are using version 2.5.1 (2013051400) for Moodle 2.5, 2.6 and the moodle version 2.5 (Build: 20130514) , i understand backup and restore has nothing to do with course format but we having this issue only with this course format this is why i posted here.
  • Picture of William Lu
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 6:36 AM
    Collapsed is not working on my Moodle2.6, hence not really useful at this moment. Install successfully, move feature is better than other format. But, when it means 'Subsection' should be able collapsed as the screenshot shown. Any upgraded version soon? Thanks
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 9:26 AM
    Hello William, please upgrade to 2.6.1. This was discussed above in the comments already. Sorry for this bug.
    Marina
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 9:28 AM
    Hello William, please upgrade to 2.6.1. This was discussed above in the comments already. Sorry for this bug.
    Marina
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 9:29 AM
    Hello William, please upgrade to 2.6.1 or better the latest Moodle core version. This was discussed above in the comments already. Sorry for this bug.
    Marina
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014, 9:30 AM
    Hello William, please upgrade to 2.6.1 or better the latest Moodle core version. This was discussed above in the comments already. Sorry for this bug.
  • Picture of Scott Buchmann
    Sat, Feb 15, 2014, 5:06 AM
    I'm having trouble using Flexible Sections with Group access. If I set a section to be restricted to a specific grouping, and then view that course as a student who is not a member of the grouping, it will properly hide the activities within the section, however the section name still displays for that student.

    With other course formats, turning on Grouping access for a section will also hide the section title. I would prefer this behavior if possible.
  • Peter Jonker
    Wed, Mar 19, 2014, 12:03 AM
    Having a similar issue as Scott. Created one subsection where the full 'Access' to that subsection is restricted (completely hidden) based on the completion of an activity in an earlier section. The user has not completed the earlier activity but still sees the subsection name/link. On clicking you get the warning that you are not allowed to view hidden sections.
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