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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.
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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 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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  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Feb 19, 2016, 9:22 PM
    Hi Tom,

    No because the images already 'link' to a section, and therefore the image would have two 'links' to different things. You are describing something else entirely which could be implemented separately.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Tom Parker
    Fri, Feb 19, 2016, 9:28 PM
    Hi Gareth,

    Thank you for responding so promptly.

    It's a very nice plugin that you have created and I can see it being extremely useful.

    I think it would be really great to have the option to link either to a section as it currently has or to a different course or url. I do understand that this is something completely different but I think it would be a very useful addition.

    Best wishes,

    Tom Parker
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Feb 19, 2016, 9:41 PM
    Hi Tom,

    Ok, to reiterate, these are two completely different concepts and as such I am not in a position to crow bar such a conflicting concept into the format - in fact it would be extremely difficult and indeed 'broken pencil territory' as it would confuse users beyond belief.

    The format deals with sections, the each grid image is linked to a section. It would be confusing if some images linked to a section and others to a different URL. The format knows the number of images to use because of the number of sections. The images are stored in the section area of the course backup file. Need I go on?

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Tom Parker
    Fri, Feb 19, 2016, 9:46 PM
    Hi Gareth,

    Thank you for your response.

    No that makes complete and perfect sense, thank you for explaining that to me.

    Best wishes,

    Tom Parker
  • Picture of Alex Denby
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 2:40 AM
    My employers are interested in using this format for their site, but they want the grid squares to appear as interlocking puzzle pieces; is that possible?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, Feb 29, 2016, 2:43 AM
    Hi Alex,

    Possibly. I could look into this on a paid consultancy basis for you if you sent me a quick mock up of what exactly you want.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Alex Denby
    Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 12:09 AM
    I have another question: Is it possible to have the Grid squares stay in a specific formation (in this case, 3 by 3) and resize accordingly?
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, Mar 1, 2016, 12:51 AM
    Hi Alex,

    Possibly.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of John Provasnik
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016, 10:16 PM
    Hi. How do you get red of the dashed lines in between each activity? Also, I wasn't sure about some other settings, is there a Moodle Doc dedicated to the Grid format?
    Thanks,
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016, 11:51 PM
    Hi John,

    a) Alter the styles of the '#gridshadebox_content .activity' CSS sector.
    b) No.

    Cheers,

    Gareth
  • Picture of John Provasnik
    Thu, Mar 31, 2016, 2:52 AM
    Gareth -- worked great. Thanks.
    So we had 1 course using Grid Format this year, and many students keep asking if we can have more courses that 'look that way' -- so thanks for your hard work, you are making kids happy with the ease of navigation and nice organization of content : )
  • Picture of Brian Rigwald
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016, 12:00 AM
    A strange situation started happening a month or so ago. We have been using the Grid Format for several years and love it. About a month or so ago, the links for the various "units" stopped opening the specific "unit" page. Instead, it is scrolling down to the "unit" items displayed below the grid. This only happens in edit mode. In regular mode, it works fine. I noticed that there is a difference in URL formats. Instead of "https://moodle.flaschools.org/course/view.php?id=177&section=3", the URL get's changed in edit mode to "https://moodle.flaschools.org/course/view.php?id=177#section-3". Notice that the "&" becomes a "#" and the "=" becomes a "-". I am not the site administrator. I know we just updated to the newest release of Moodle over the weekend and the problem persists. I don't know what version number of the grid format we currently have.

    Any ideas what could be affecting this?

    Thanks!

    Brian
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Apr 8, 2016, 1:44 AM
    Hi Brian,

    Somebody has changed the value of this: https://docs.moodle.org/30/en/Course_formats#.22Show_only_one_section.22 setting.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Brandon Jimenez
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016, 10:33 PM
    Hi Gareth, I've been testing your grid format so far in Moodle 3.0.3 and it looks very nice. However, I found a glitch (I wouldn't call it a bug). It is not rendering ok while using the Roshnilite template, as the lightbox doesn't completely hide the Show block and Dock block on the course page.

    Brandon
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016, 10:38 PM
    Hi Brandon,

    Pragmatically I can only support core and my themes. If there are issues with other themes then that's something I'll only look at for a fee.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
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