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Course formats: Single activity format

Maintained by Picture of Marina Glancy Marina Glancy
Allows to create course that consists of only one activity

Course format 'Single activity' allows to create a format that consists of only one
activity. Course view page is automatically redirected to this activity.
Type of activity is specified in course settings.

Single activity course format has it's own settings where manager can specify
the default activity type for the new courses.

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  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, May 8, 2013, 3:50 AM
    Hi Marina,

    With version 2013010900 running on Moodle 2.4.3+ (Build: 20130502) version 2012120303.11 if you change to the format from an existing course which has lots of activities / resources in different sections and then back again you find that all of the 'activities / resources' have been placed in the first section (0 or 1 I think without having to rerun the destructive test). Please fix smile.


  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Fri, May 17, 2013, 12:48 PM
    Gareth, I disagree. Chaning the course format may lead to irreversible results. Data (modules) is not lost, the format is changed
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Sun, May 19, 2013, 6:34 PM
    Dear Marina,

    Then perhaps we will have to agree on disagreeing. As I firmly believe that the principle of a course format is that it is there to present the course in a way that the user intends. That changing between them should not loose the intent of the sections that the activities / resources have been placed in even if they are not visible. In this way the user can tryout several different formats to see which one is the best for the particular educational situation. Even if they know what the format will do beforehand, users need to have form and function without fear of unintended consequences.


  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Mon, Jun 24, 2013, 1:33 PM
    Versions 2.4.4 and 2.5.4 released. Fixed bugs with not working "turn editing mode on" link and not-correct capabilities check
  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013, 11:42 PM
    Hi Marina. I am looking for a version of this plugin that is compatible with Moodle 2.5.2, and I was wondering if it was better to take the v2.5.2 tag from git, or the latest master. Which would you recommend? Thanks.
  • Picture of Luc Richard
    Fri, Jan 31, 2014, 10:30 PM
    We've been using this plugin for a while and it's great, but we noticed that it doesn't support autologin of guests, so we had to revert to the SCORM course format for many of our courses.
  • Picture of Renu Raj
    Sat, Feb 1, 2014, 1:22 AM
    That's cool. How I can use External Tool from this single Assignment Activity ? I need to pass the LTI Context to an external App when I select the External Tool from the Activity dropdown.
  • Picture of Niranjan eAbyas
    Wed, Apr 8, 2015, 9:34 PM
    We are using single activity and selected the scorm activity. When we upload the scorm and open it in new page. The page is showing blank, the same scorm works fine in weekly or topic format.

    We are using Moodle2.7 and SCORM 1.2 and testing in updated browsers.

    Can anyone having the same issue, Please help if you have any solution for this.
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Thu, Apr 9, 2015, 10:51 AM
    Hello Niranjan, this format is part of standard Moodle since 2.6
    If you think that you have encountered a bug, please create an issue on
    However before doing it please make sure that you can reproduce the error on (the format did not change between 2.7 and 2.9) and also on your installation inspect JS Console window for errors.
  • Picture of Kabalah Aplicada
    Sat, May 30, 2015, 2:13 AM
    Hello Marina,

    I'd like to report something which seems to be a bug.

    I created a course with "Single Page Activity" format, added the content to the activity and saved. Today I wanted to modify it, logged in as admin and when tried to go to course summary page in order to edit it, it always takes me directly to the activity, not being able to edit it, and not allowing to use the standard path to edit a course.

    I guess it is related to the default plugins behaviour which automatically redirect incoming users to the activity page, but should be changed to consider admin ones and let them to see the course summary.

    Please, let me know if what I'm stating is correct, and if there is a workaround for it (currently just edited the course content on database).

    I'm using Moodle 2.7.

  • Tim at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
    Sat, May 30, 2015, 3:23 AM
    The secret is, when looking at the activity, Administration -> Course administration (you will need to expand this) -> Edit settings.
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Sat, May 30, 2015, 8:59 PM
    Thanks Tim smile
  • Picture of gla phumpayak
    Mon, Sep 7, 2015, 11:20 PM
  • Picture of Simon Ball
    Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 3:10 PM
    This is great and just what I'm after, thanks for creating. However, at what point do I attach a certicate please? I've added on course completion and similar options but ,can't see how i'd go about configuring the certificate.
  • Picture of Marina Glancy
    Mon, Apr 18, 2016, 7:24 PM
    Hi Simon, this plugin is already part of standard moodle package so all bugs or improvements have to be filed as issues in MDL project in Moodle Tracker
    Sorry I do not know anything about certificates - this must be some another contrib module
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