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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  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Thu, 24 Mar 2016, 3:03 AM
    Hi Liz, this option doesn't currently exist but we hope to release a new version in the next few weeks.
  • Picture of Liz Qiao
    Thu, 24 Mar 2016, 7:56 AM
    Thanks for quick response Fernando! FN Tabs doesn't seem to be working properly in 3.0...everything seemed normal until after i added a navi/admin bar disappeared, the format seems messed up. Is this expected?
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Thu, 24 Mar 2016, 9:21 PM
    This plugin isn't compatible with Moodle 3.0. It was actually created for Moodle 2.5. We are working on an update.
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Thu, 3 Nov 2016, 2:55 AM
    A new update has been posted. This plugin is now compatible with Moodle 2.9, 3.0 and 3.1
  • Picture of johanna bermudez
    Wed, 23 Nov 2016, 2:09 AM
    Hi. I' m installing the plugin, but this show an error: error/moodle/dmlreadexception. This error occurs when updating the database.
    More details:
    Debug info: Table 'aulavirtual.mdl_format_fntabs_color' doesn't exist
    SELECT * FROM mdl_format_fntabs_color WHERE name = ? AND predefined = ?
    [array (
    0 => 'Green Meadow',
    1 => 1,
    Error code: dmlreadexception
  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Wed, 23 Nov 2016, 5:06 AM
    Hi Johanna,

    Could you provide more info:

    Your Moodle version?
    Database type?
    Did you install the plugin manually? If so, what directory did you upload to?
  • Picture of johanna bermudez
    Thu, 24 Nov 2016, 1:35 AM
    Hi Fernando.
    The moodle version: 3.1.2
    database: mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.7.16,
    Linux (x86_64) using EditLine wrapper
    The installation was done with the moodle plugin installer

    We are thinking of upgrading to version 3.1.3, is the plugin compatible?

  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Wed, 4 Jan 2017, 1:36 AM
    Yes, it should work with Moodle versions 2.9 - 3.2.
  • Just wondering . . .
    Tue, 10 Jan 2017, 11:51 AM
    I know this is serious feature creep, but is it easy to get this to have section names in the tabs?
    There are two other tabs formats, but neither of them are updated for 3.2.

  • Picture of Fernando Oliveira
    Tue, 10 Jan 2017, 9:59 PM
    Hi Derek, the functionality to add names in the tabs already exists, although, I must admit, it still needs some work. If you use it, I suggest you try and keep your tab names short.
  • 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!
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