Course formats: Collapsed Topics

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Maintained by Gareth J Barnard Gareth J Barnard
An interchangeable topic or week based format that solves the issue of the 'Scroll of Death' when a course has many topics.
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An interchangeable topic or week (day for 2.3.1+) based format that solves the issue of the 'Scroll of Death' when a course has many topics / weeks. All sections except zero have a toggle that displays that section. One or more sections can be displayed at any given time. Toggles are persistent on a per browser session per course basis but can be made to persist longer by a small code change. Full installation instructions, code adapt-ions and credits are included in the 'Readme.md' file.

If you have a course with more than fifty two sections then currently the toggle persistence will not work for the fifty third section and above.  Then you need to upgrade to the Moodle 2.5 version+.

REPORTING ISSUES: When reporting issues you MUST clearly state the full version and release of both Moodle and the Collapsed Topics 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 read the 'Reporting Issues' section in the 'readme' file and upload and describe in detail the issue you are having on the 'Course formats' forum.

NEW: 'The Complete Guide to Collapsed Topics' (and 'Blurb') book is now available, covering: installation, upgrade, uninstallation, course and global features, resetting, capabilities, language strings, overriding icons / styles in a theme and adding a new icon set.

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Inside the Complete Guide to Collapsed Topics.


NOTE: The latest version incorporates functionality to support new UK / EU Cookie Law which is implemented as a user acceptance in the 1.9 version and no 'cookie' is used at all in 2.x versions.

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  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, 7 Oct 2016, 1:16 AM
    Hi Helson,

    Yes, I know! Its the same question the third time. Its intentional. Please refer to my answer above.

    G
  • Picture of Jean-Roch Meurisse
    Wed, 12 Oct 2016, 4:47 PM
    Hi Gareth,
    Some teachers from my university really like you course format plugin, but they keep asking me to be able to add section_summary to collapsed sections (like default behaviour in one section per page mode). Do you think this could be added to the plugin preferences?

    Kind regards

    Jean-Roch Meurisse
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, 12 Oct 2016, 11:22 PM
    Hi Jean-Roch,

    Please use the 'Show the section summary when collapsed' setting in the course settings for the format.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Jean-Roch Meurisse
    Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 2:47 PM
    Hi Gareth, thanks for your answer.
    Sorry I wasn't clear enough, I was talking about the section-summary-activities zone (giving the number of each type of activity and progression)

    Kind Regards,

    Jean-Roch
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 7:54 PM
    Hi Jean-Roch,

    I have no idea what you mean by 'section-summary-activities zone', please post a screen shot in: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/view.php?id=47 so I can try and understand what you mean.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Jean-Roch Meurisse
    Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 8:13 PM
    Done! Be there in 30 minutes
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, 13 Oct 2016, 8:26 PM
    Hi Jean-Roch,

    I've replied.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Jürg Hoerner
    Tue, 17 Jan 2017, 3:35 PM
    It's my favorite cours format. It would be great if there would be an option that the students could see their grades on the top, like in th "Course formats: eTask topics format" ore even better, that a course category Total with their marks could be shown. I don't know if such an option ist possible.
    Thanks a lot for your greet work. Jürg
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, 17 Jan 2017, 10:26 PM
    Hi Jürg,

    Most things are possible it is only a matter of time and therefore money. If you're the budget holder then I'd be happy to send you my rates and terms. Given the eTask format its something that I would probably add in a custom format for you.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Haley Ngonadi
    Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 10:03 PM
    Hi Gareth,

    This is an awesome, helpful plugin. Thank you very much. I have two questions: Is it possible to have the highlighted topic on top automatically? Also, how do I make sure that only one topic is open at a time.. In other words, if the student tries to open another topic while another is open, the first one should close.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, 25 Jan 2017, 8:27 PM
    Hi Hayley,

    For 'highlighed topic' use the 'Current topic first' structure in the course settings.

    For 'only one topic at one time' - not at the moment. This would have to be a paid for enhancement. If you have a budget and control / authorisation for contracting me to add this for you then I'll work out a quote.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Mark DeLonge
    Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 1:05 AM
    Hello Gareth-

    This is a wonderful plugin that many of our instructors use. Is it possible to have the ability to have a picture be the background of a topic when collapsed rather than a color? Or to assign a small picture or icon as part of the topic as you have created in the Grid format?

    Thanks for your time,

    Mark
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, 23 Feb 2017, 1:15 AM
    Hi Mark,

    It all depends on if you want to hack the CSS with an image already on the server or have the functionality in the format. The former would take a little time to work out, the latter you are looking at many days development time. If you PM me then I can discuss rates and terms of business.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Annick F
    Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 7:20 PM
    Hello,
    Should you be able to have more that one column when using the collapsed topic format with Moodle 3.2? many thanks. Annick
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Tue, 14 Mar 2017, 9:10 PM
    Hi Annick,

    Yes.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
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