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Course formats: Grid Format

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A modular and visual course format. Hides all topics and creates a grid of icons (one for each topic) with short titles. Clicking on an icon brings up the content from the corresponding topic.
Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2

A modular and visual course format. Hides all topics and creates a grid of icons (one for each topic) with short titles. Clicking on an icon brings up the content from the corresponding topic in a "lightbox" style display.

REPORTING ISSUES: When reporting issues you MUST clearly state the full version and release of both Moodle and the Grid format as contained within their 'version.php' files - if not it takes me longer to figure out, often resulting in me asking for the details anyway and slowing the process of solving your problem down.  It really helps to upload and describe in detail the issue you are having on the 'Course formats' forum.

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More to follow as new icons have been added....


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  • Picture of nigel wright
    Thu, Nov 27, 2014, 10:57 PM
    love the grid format, however when i click on a grid all of the lightboxes appear as one. Is there a setting that i am missing so each grid only shows that topic?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Nov 28, 2014, 12:42 AM
    Hi Nigel,

    Please could you post screen shots on the courses and course formats forum - - along with details of Moodle and Grid version.


  • Picture of sirisha g@
    Fri, Feb 6, 2015, 4:50 AM
    Hello all,
    Could any one help me with adding check boxes to the grids. Because I want students to know which sections they have completed. Thank you.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Feb 6, 2015, 4:56 AM
    Hi Sirisha,

    Please could you make a post on:

    Unfortunately I'm busy at the moment.

    Kind regards,

  • Picture of sirisha g@
    Fri, Feb 6, 2015, 5:34 AM
    No Problem Gareth smile
  • Picture of kamesh veerachamy
    Mon, Jul 20, 2015, 7:50 PM
    I have moodle 2.9 version .I installed in your grid course format plugin.
    i got fatal error when i created new course.
    The error is
    "Fatal error : Cannot use object of type stdClass as array in
    F:\xampp\htdocs\test\moodle_29\course\format\grid\lib.php on line 886" .
    But course was created.Its major issue in your plugin.
    Please don't mine .if you fix this issue it would be great for us.

  • Me
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015, 5:29 AM
    Hello there! We love grid format - just one small request. When you go to update the image in a tile, it only gives you the option of uploading an image. Is it possible to have the option of inserting an image URL added to this form? - Miriam
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015, 5:51 AM
    Hi Miriam,

    An interesting idea. Would you like to fund the anticipated several days of my time to make this work correctly with the existing functionality?

    Kind regards,

  • Picture of Chris Creed
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 5:02 PM
    I really love this format, but since the last upgrade it is acting a little strange.
    When I try to add or change a picture in the grid format on the course page, it links back to my other site which is in another directory on the same URL.
    First directory is and Moodle is in
    Any ideas would be most welcome as I don't want to abandon this great looking plugin.

    Thanks for any light you can shed.

  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015, 6:09 PM
    Hi Chris,

    I have not changed that area of code in a while, ok, please could you post the following to the 'Courses and course formats' forum -

    Screen shots of the issue.
    Details of Moodle version.
    Details of Grid version before the upgrade and the version now being used.

    Kind regards,

  • Picture of Juan Urios
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 11:39 PM
    I installed this theme and I can't update an image like main image in the grill.
    There are some restriction? about... the pixels? about the size or about... i don't know! But the true is that I can't update a picture.
    I select Options in the "blox" > Upload an image > I select the image or drag and drop > Delete image = NO > Save changes
    And... the result is nothing. No changes.
    ¿Some idea? Thanks and congratulations for this idea for the courses smile
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 11:49 PM
    Hi Juan,

    I have no idea why it is not working for you with this course format from your description. Have you checked the permissions as stated in the readme file? After dragging and dropping the image are you saving the changes? Please post version and screen shots of the issue on the 'Courses and course formats' forum.

    Kind regards,

  • Picture of Juan Urios
    Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 11:54 PM
    Hi Gareth
    Sorry! I was all in the moorning with this problem and just now... when I writed you... WOW! I take the answer!
    For another people if I can help you -> The problem is than you must to send the picture in just the same size. Don't upload a image more bigger or smaller. JUST the size.
    If you like to see the size, one option is use a develop browser. I used Firefox Developer and I saw that the image must to be 210x140 px.
    Sorry for this Gareth. Thanks for all!
  • Picture of Mitja Decman
    Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 4:50 PM
    Dear Gareth, we appreciate the effort of all Moodle developers and we are glad for the Grid format. We used TabTopics format till now (sadly not working in 2.9, since our staff and students loved it). Now we upgraded to 2.9 and we have chosen Grid. What we miss is some sort of "Sections map", "Document map" (like in Microsoft Word) or a sort of ribbon with titles and links of all available sections. Currently we have just links to previous and next sections. Any plans for this in the future? Thanks.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Oct 16, 2015, 5:08 PM
    Hi Mitja,

    Thank you for choosing the Grid format.

    I have no plans to change it as it works well as it is. Adding anything else will almost certainly confuse things.

    Microsoft has a patent over the ribbon and as such anybody replicating its sort of functionality would be a patent infringement.

    Kind regards,

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