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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NED Support (Lead maintainer)
Fernando Oliveira: Original maintainer
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  • Wazza
    Wed, May 31, 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?
  • Wed, May 31, 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, Aug 19, 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, Aug 19, 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, Sep 12, 2017, 3:55 AM
    Hi Fernando! When we try to mark a label as 'done' we get the following error:

    Any suggestions?
  • Wed, Nov 8, 2017, 6:54 PM
    Fernando, some probability of running in 2.7
  • Wed, Nov 29, 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?
  • Wed, Mar 14, 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
  • Mon, May 21, 2018, 8:30 PM
    Hi, when I press complete activity it shown to me this error ( Cannot read property 'getDOMNode' of null ) Thanks
  • Sat, Jun 16, 2018, 8:34 AM
    Fernando, another excellent plugin by your team. I am hoping you will update this when you update the other NED modules. If it needs funding, let me know. I tried to remove it and my teachers were sad yesterday. thanks for all the hard work you guys do.
  • Mon, Jun 25, 2018, 3:54 AM
    Hi Jamie (and all)
    This plugin was created quite a few year ago. We've done our best to patch it up along the way, but it's in serious need of a complete re-write. The schools that originally funding this work have moved on (or will soon move on) to other course formats. I don't think we'll be updating this plugin in the future unless someone with deep pockets is really keen to make it happen. It pains me to say it, but you may want to consider an alternative course format.
  • Fri, Aug 3, 2018, 3:39 AM
    Thanks Fernando. I completely understand and thanks for all your hard work. I realize you guys have a lot on your plate. For those wanting another format similar (but not quite as cool IMHO as NED tabs), look to buttons format or Oohoo both of which have that same feel.
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  • Wed, Feb 19, 2020, 2:31 PM
    Can we change default colors and look and feel ? Is there any setting for colors.
  • Sun, Jun 20, 2021, 10:36 PM
    Hi there iam not able to navigate through different sections via student role
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