Course formats: Collapsed Topics

format_topcoll
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.

The Complete Guide to Collapsed Topics book


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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
    Wed, 5 Jul 2017, 12:29 AM
    Hi Alberto,

    What version of Collapsed Topics are you running? Could you be a bit more specific please.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Alberto García Gómez
    Wed, 5 Jul 2017, 3:15 AM
    Sorry, I'm using version 3.3.1.0 (2017042202)

    We need to disable the "View only..." button:

    Thank you.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, 5 Jul 2017, 4:58 AM
    Hi Alberto,

    I see, currently that cannot be done without changing the code, however the client loves the functionality.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Alberto García Gómez
    Wed, 5 Jul 2017, 2:33 PM
    Thank you Gareth, but our clients are very confused with this functionality and we're receiving many messages about it.

    We are going to hide it using css.

    Kind regards

    Alberto
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, 6 Jul 2017, 1:59 AM
    Hi Alberto,

    Fair enough.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Chris Bell
    Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 12:21 AM
    Hi Alberto,
    Could you please share your CSS overrides to hide the "View only" button?
    We have also just had this plugin updated and I wonder whether we may experience a high number of messages about it.
    Kind regards,
    Chris B
  • Picture of Chris Bell
    Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 12:44 AM
    I was impatient and made CSS changes straight away. For anyone that is interested:


    .right.side {
    display:none !important
    }
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, 11 Aug 2017, 1:00 AM
    Hi Chris,

    That CSS will disable the section editing menu for anybody trying to edit the course.

    Gareth
  • Picture of Adrian Perez Rodriguez
    Mon, 9 Oct 2017, 7:28 PM
    Why is there no MOODLE_33 branch? https://github.com/gjb2048/moodle-format_topcoll
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Mon, 9 Oct 2017, 7:37 PM
    There is, as the current stable version of Moodle is M3.3 then 'master' is the Moodle 3.3 branch for Collapsed Topics. All the downloads with their tags point to that branch as such. And when you look at https://github.com/gjb2048/moodle-format_topcoll all you need to do is scroll down and read to see the Readme that stipulates the version that branch is for.
  • Andrew Normore
    Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 12:08 AM
    Just installed on our new clean Moodle 3.3.1, works perfectly with our courses coming from Moodle 2.4.6 and 2.6.x. Thanks for keeping this up to date.
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 6:40 PM
    Thank you Andrew smile
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Wed, 18 Oct 2017, 10:42 PM
    Hi Eden,

    The format comes with NO support. Please ask on an appropriate forum.

    Kind regards,

    Gareth
  • Picture of Wade Noneya
    Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 11:46 PM
    Greetings,

    Just wanted to say love the format plugin, thank you.

    Might I ask where I could find information about what it would take to add new custom icon selections? Is that something that is covered in the "Complete Guide"?

    -Wade
  • Gareth J Barnard
    Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 12:28 AM
    Thanks Wade, If you mean 'adding a new icon set' then yes it is. The book is now a little out of date, so I've just reduced its price and made the table of contents available in the preview so its clear what it does cover.
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