Course homepage


Parts of a course homepage

A JimTalk course can look very different according to the theme and course format (layout). Here is a blank course page using the default ‘Clean’ theme and standard weekly format:

1.Navigation block

Normally visible on all pages, this block helps you find your way around the course and site.

2.Administration block

Again, normally visible on all pages, this block gives different levels of access to teachers and students.

3.Course sections

Here is where the learning materials are displayed. This element may be arranged in one or multiple weeks, topics, forums or other (non-standard) layouts.

4.Side blocks

Which blocks you see depend on what the administrator has selected and what you as teacher choose to add.

To edit a course section

New feature
in JimTalk 3.1!

  1. Turn editing on
  2. Click the pencil icon (1 in screenshot below) to quickly rename the section
  3. Click the Edit menu (2 in screenshot below) to edit the description and other settings.

If Restrict access is enabled for the site, access to the section (including all activities and resources within it) may be restricted.

To move a course section

  1. Turn editing on
  2. Click the up/down arrow or the crosshairs icon to move the section
  3. Drag the section to where you want to position it and let go

Note: The ability to move course sections is controlled by the capability jimtalk/course:movesections, which is allowed for the default role of teacher.

To delete a course section

With the editing turned on, click the ‘Edit’ link to the right of the course section you wish to delete and then, from the menu that displays, click ‘X Delete’. You will be prompted to confirm your wish to delete the section and its contents. Note that all activities inside the section and their user data will also be deleted. This operation cannot be reversed.

To link course sections

An admin setting Always link course sections can be enabled from Site administration > Appearance > Navigation and will link course sections so that when a course section name is clicked in the navigation block or the central content area, it will go directly to that section.

Blocks

Blocks are displayed in the right and/or left columns of the course page.

To add a block to the course page

  1. Turn on the editing by clicking the button top right or the link in “Administration > Course administration
  2. Select a block from the “Add block” dropdown menu (usually situated bottom right of the page)

To move a block

  1. Ensure editing is turned on then click onto the block title until the crosshair icon appears
  2. While keeping the block selected, drag it to where you want to position it and let go.

Alternatively

  1. Click on the up/down arrow
  2. Click on the place holder (a zone with a dashed border) where you want the block to appear.

Activities and resources

To add an activity or resource to the course

  1. Turn on the editing by clicking the button top right or the link in Administration > Course administration.
  2. Click ‘Add an activity or resource’ to open the new activity chooser. Select an activity or resource then click the Add button, or simply double-click on the activity or resource name.

Alternatively, certain resources and activities may be added using drag and drop:

  • To add a file, simply drag and drop it onto the course section where you’d like it to appear
  • To add a folder of files, simply zip the folder then drag and drop it onto the course section where you’d like it to appear, answer ‘Unzip files and create folder’ to the popup dialogue, then click the upload button
  • To add a SCORM package, simply drag and drop it onto the course section where you’d like it to appear, answer ‘Add a SCORM package’ to the popup dialogue, then click the upload button

Editing elements on your course homepage

With the editing turned on, activities, resources and blocks will have icons performing different functions such as edit/move/copy/delete/hide.

Note:’ Your theme may have icons different from these below:

Tips and tricks

Moving items in a course with many activities

If you click and drag an activity or resource on a course page which has many items, this might cause you difficulties with “scroll of death” issues. Instead of dragging the activity to move it, click on it. It will display a list of all the items on your page and you just need to click to select where on the course page you want the item to be moved to.

  • Make your course home page look more like a webpage – see Course FAQ
  • Activity and resource descriptions can be displayed on the course page just below the link to the activity or resource by clicking the ‘Display description on course page’ checkbox in the activity or resource settings.

Course homepage capabilities

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