Moodle: Topics Course Format

This article applies to:

  • Carleton Faculty, Staff, or Students who are configuring a Moodle page.


The Topics Course Format in Moodle is very similar to the Weekly course format.  It is configured for our 10-week term, and the section titles are labeled Topic 1, Topic 2, etc.

Configuring the Topics Course Format

  1. Enter the Edit Settings menu to access the Course settings page.
    On Fordson (Do not force), this is via the Course Management section (the icon in the top-left).
    On Moove and Carleton Boost, this is via the Actions menu (the icon in the top-right).
  2. Scroll to and expand the Course Format section.
  3. Open the drop-down menu next to the Format label, and select Topics Format.
  4. In addition to specifying the number of sections on your course page, you can also choose either show all sections or show only one section at a time.
  5. Click one of the Save buttons at the bottom of the page.

Renaming Topics

  1. Click the Turn Editing On button in the upper right of your course page
  2. Click the pencil (✏️) icon to the right of the section title
  3. Highlight the existing text and change it to your desired text
  4. Click the Enter key on your keyboard to save your changes.

"Show one section per page" in Course Layout

With the Weekly, Topics and any contributed format that implements the functionality, it is possible via the Edit settings tab to show one section per page.

  • The course home page shows just the section names and any text in the section description along with activity and resource numbers, with the names being click-able. This is what you see the first time you access the course. Once you have selected a topic by clicking on its name, you then see one section at a time.
  • If editing is ON, then the Main course page will display all the content in all the sections.
  • There is a 'Jump to...' menu at the bottom of each single section page

Below is an example image of a Topics-Format course:

Example image of the Topics Format


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Created by Carly Born, Fri 7/30/21. Last modified by Sam Johnson-Lacoss '24, Mon 9/12/22.

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