Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Menu avoids scroll of death, Moodle 2
So I used Mary Cooch's lovely idea of making my Moodle courses more like web pages (see her video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtHPUh_BaxM) and expanded on it.
Create a table with a cell for each unit in the unit summary (this is the first Edit icon you see in a topic - when you have editing turned on). I first added the text, then added an image. I had to play around with the image sizes a bit to make them all consistent, so the text would all line up. I put the table in topic 1, but it would probably have been better to put it in the news forum topic.
In the section links block, right click on the number associated with the first picture. One of your choices is "Copy link location." Click on that.
Then (with editing turned on), while editing your menu, click on the image you want to associate with the link, then click on the link icon, paste the link in, and click on Insert. I let the default stand - to stay on the same web page.
Save your edit, then click on the image to make sure you go to the correct topic (so embarrassing when you go to the wrong one).
Then, if you don't want your students to see anything but your menu, go into Settings, and change the number of topics to 1. Your students will still be able to get to all those other topics, but when they enter your course, they'll only see the menu. Caveat: at least, that's the way I understand that it's supposed to work - not working that way on my installation of Moodle 2 just yet.