Tiles format

Course formats ::: format_tiles
Maintained by Picture of David WatsonDavid Watson
A course format which displays course topics as "Tiles", in a grid rather than as a list. When clicked, tile content is displayed under the tile with an animated transition. The layout adapts to different screen sizes and orientations. Within each tile, activities can also be set to display as "sub-tiles". For each tile, the teacher can pick an icon from a predefined set, or upload a background photo.
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Key features
  • Tiles are used to show course topics and activities
  • Animation is used to expand tiles to reveal content
  • Icons or photos on each tile increase visual appeal
  • Modal windows (animated pop ups) to show content
  • Colours for tiles are customisable
  • Theme compatibility is broad (Boost, Clean, Essential, Moove and Adaptable).
  • Easy to switch into Tiles from other formats (e.g. Topics, Grid) without changing course content
  • User friendly (e.g. tile icons are provided and don't need to be uploaded)
  • Mobile responsive (adapts to different screen sizes and orientations)
  • Progress shown on tile with % in a circle, or as a fraction

Moodle 3.9: If you are running Moodle 3.9, it is essential that you use the Moodle 3.9 version of the Tiles plugin.  The Moodle 3.7 version is incompatible (following a change to Moodle core) and will cause you problems.  You can see which version of 'Tiles' you are running under Site administration > Plugins > Plugins overview > Course Formats > Tiles Format.


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  • Picture of Jason Clark
    Wed, Jan 27, 2021, 12:31 AM
    I'm a new Moodler, building a site with Tiles Format. All's well except for the fact that when I click on a Course, it always goes to the bottom of the page where the tiles are and cuts off a lot of the content in the General section above it. I want to show the General content first, then the user can scroll down and see the tiles. Possible? Am I doing something wrong? TIA
  • Picture of Pantelis Toptsis
    Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 5:45 PM
    I use tile format to a moodle 3.10 installation with "school" theme. When I click on the 'upload picture' tab to add a picrure as i tile background I get an error invalid sesskey. Can you help me?
  • Picture of Daniel Rodríguez
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 12:49 AM
    Hi, congratulations on the design. I have two problems with Tiles. The first is that every time I add a resource in one of the tiles, by default it creates a new tile and adds the resource in that new tile and not the one where I create the activity. The second problem is that when I want to add an external LTI tool and I want it to open in a new window, it doesn't do so and it appears embedded, although in the options I specify that I want it to open a new window. Thank you very much for all the work, I hope you can help me with this. A greeting.
  • Picture of David Watson
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 1:30 AM
    Daniel please upgrade to the latest version of the plugin - it sounds like you may be using an incompatible old version intended for Moodle 3.7.

    With regard to the scrolling down to the tiles which others have mentioned, this is a feature not a bug, but I may add a setting for Site Admin to disable it in a later release
  • Picture of Jonny Galvez
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 9:43 PM
    Are there any plans to create a Totara compatible version of Tiles? We are migrating one of our sites onto Totara and would love to be able to keep using Tiles as the course format if possible.
  • Picture of David Watson
    Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 9:55 PM
    Hi Jonny yes there will be a T12 compatible version, hopefully in the spring. (There is already a Beta, which needs a little more work and I will come back to that soon.) If you'd like to help with testing, you can contact me with the "Contact developer" button at the bottom of the top section above.
  • Picture of Teemu Eskola
    Thu, Feb 11, 2021, 7:46 PM
    Hi! Great format!

    Would it be possible to add color code input with the ready made color options?
    This would make branding much easier.

    Thank you for your hard work!
  • Picture of Alec Kretch
    Tue, Feb 16, 2021, 6:06 AM
    Hi, I'm having an issue with the latest version of this plugin on Moodle 3.10. When adding an external tool in a new window launch container, the external tool instead opens in an embedded display. This causes problems for our LTI external tool. Please advise. Thanks!
  • Picture of Gergely Rakoczi
    Sun, Mar 7, 2021, 1:59 AM
    Hi, I love this plugin. It sets the visual appearance of Moodle to a new level. What I wondering about is, do you plan to implement a photo upload option for the sub-tiles as well? Currently only for the (main) tiles a photo upload is available. Would love to see this feature for the sub-tiles as well. Thank you and keep up the great work here!!
  • Picture of Jacques Martin
    Fri, Mar 12, 2021, 3:10 AM
    Hello David, thank's for this very nice plugin. I have a little problem, I use an external tool from my course. This tool opens in a new window in my Fordson course format but with Tiles, it opens in the same tab and it is difficult to return to the course page.
    I contacted the designer of the external tool and he told me: "Open in new window" is actually not a function supported by moodle itself - I had to use a somewhat creative solution to achieve that. I think it's very possible that Tiles format overwrites that specific part of our code. For opening the Task in a new window, I closely followed the moodle core activity External Tool (mod_lti).
    I am not a specialist but I would be surprised if I am the only one having this problem, do you have any suggestions? Our version of moodle is 3.8.7
    Thank's a lot.
  • Picture of Richard Newton
    Tue, Mar 23, 2021, 9:41 PM
    I've added more colours by adding to the $brandcolourdefauts array in the settings.php file, but the course settings only ever show 10 colour entries. Anyone had any experience with adding more colours to this plugin?
  • Picture of Chris Manlapaz
    Mon, Apr 5, 2021, 1:31 PM
    Hi Everyone, is there a way to lock the modal using CSS? in HTML we can use the data-backdrop="static", how to do this in CSS?
  • Picture of Mostafa Kamal
    Fri, Apr 9, 2021, 5:40 AM
    I have Moodle 3.10. Just installed the plugin. Everytime I click the tiles it says invalid record and session expired!!
  • Picture of TotalVET Training Resources
    Mon, Apr 19, 2021, 2:20 PM
    Hi, we love your plugin and just want to see if it is possible to update the icons. We need numbers up to 30 and just wondering how we would go about adding these numbers to the icon directory. Thanks for you assistance with this query.

  • Picture of Steve Howard
    Fri, May 7, 2021, 7:09 AM
    What does "Make sure you have all the required versions." mean? I'm about to install version on a system that has running on it...
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