Course formats: NED - Tabs Course Format

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Tabs Course Format (with Activity Tracking)
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The Tabs Course Format displays sections as numbered tabs. The number of tabs is unlimited and the colour settings (text, hover, background, etc.) can be customized.

In addition, this course format includes an alternative Activity Tracking System, which tracks the following activity completion statuses:

  • Complete
  • Incomplete
  • Draft (saved by not submitted)
  • Not Attempted
  • Waiting for grade (student has submitted this activity) 

As shown in the screenshot below, these statuses are represented in the form of an icon on the left side of the activity name.

The tabs also provide a quick overview of the activity completion status by showing a green bar, in sections where all activity are complete, and a red bar, where more work is required.  Students can also mouseover tabs to see a quick report of the activity statuses for any given week/section. 

If you are using our Activity Tracking System on your site, it is recommended that you also install the My Progress block.

*Note that the activity tracking system (and My Progress block) can only be seen by students. Teachers can "login as" student so see this function in action.




This plugin is part of set NED.


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  • Just wondering . . .
    Thu, 12 Jan 2017, 3:21 PM
    Thanks, yes it does exist, and you are right about it needing some work. Justification is not consistent. Plus some other alignment. But nice idea!!

  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Fri, 13 Jan 2017, 11:41 PM
    I've added this request to the wish list, which can be found here: Funders welcome.
  • Picture of Carly Born
    Fri, 24 Mar 2017, 11:42 PM
    I just installed this plugin, but I did not get a settings page. I cannot find the settings in the regular area of Site Admin. Where is it?
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Sat, 25 Mar 2017, 12:19 AM
  • Picture of Carly Born
    Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 1:01 AM
    Oh! They are course-level settings! I was expecting a site-wide settings page. That's actually better! Thank you!
  • Wazza
    Wed, 31 May 2017, 9:23 PM
    Hi Fernando,
    Any updates yet? We love your plugin!
  • Wazza
    Wed, 31 May 2017, 10:05 PM
    Hi Fernando,
    I do not have the status bar above the tabs. (the green, red, etc.) I checked the settings, but I don't seen where I can turn this on?
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Wed, 31 May 2017, 10:27 PM
    Hi Richard, the status bars can only be seen by students. To test, click a student account and use the "login as" function.
  • Wazza
    Sat, 19 Aug 2017, 3:16 AM
    Thanks Fernando, that did the trick! However, now I'm having a different problem. My course has 8 sections. Only the first three can be opened by students. From section four and up it says 'upcoming sections'. Why does it do this? I want all sections to be accessible. The sections are not hidden and I can't find any other settings to change this. Any help?
  • Wazza
    Sat, 19 Aug 2017, 3:20 AM
    Ah sorry, found it out. It has to do with the start date of the course. Somehow, even if you choose sections in stead of weeks, it still will not open section 4 only 3 weeks after the starting date of the course. Not even for admins smile
  • Wazza
    Tue, 12 Sep 2017, 3:55 AM
    Hi Fernando! When we try to mark a label as 'done' we get the following error:

    Any suggestions?
  • Picture of Valmir de Santana Santos Jr
    Wed, 8 Nov 2017, 6:54 PM
    Fernando, some probability of running in 2.7
  • Picture of Tobias Verlinde
    Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 5:10 AM
    This format is great, we just discovered it and are planning to use it a lot!

    But why do you leave the format when entering an activity?
    It would be wonderfull to always stay in this format so students don't get send from one view to the other and back.
    For example: when selecting a page or question, it could just open this activity inside the "content-section" of this format?

    Is this already possible, anybody else thinking or working in this direction?
  • Picture of Sabrina Bet Sagaz
    Wed, 14 Mar 2018, 4:23 AM
    Hello. When we try to mark a label as "done" we get the following error:
    TypeError: Cannot read property 'getDOMNode' of null
    at j (
    at k (

    I already did what Richard said below and it did not work. sad
  • Picture of Muneera AlNufaisi
    Mon, 21 May 2018, 8:30 PM
    Hi, when I press complete activity it shown to me this error ( Cannot read property 'getDOMNode' of null ) Thanks
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