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How can you make your Moodle courses look less like Moodle courses

by Gemma Mellings on | Mar 25, 2015 | Blog, Moodle Tips, Themes | 0 comments

Many of our clients ask us for ways to make courses a bit less like Moodle courses and more like websites. This can be for various reasons, quite often to help mobile learners access course items more easily.

One theme-based solution that we have developed to achieve this is our Course tiles option; a way of accessing course items using button-like graphics, not the usual text links. While this can be done in a standard Moodle site, this type of navigation can be quite onerous to create as activities and resources need to be orphaned and linked to via some type of graphic which needs to be sourced. Creating orphaned activities is one of the topics on our popular Course Administration course. In my experience, users do find this navigation more intuitive as well potentially resolving the old scroll of death that plagues so many Moodle courses.

So, let's get back to Course tiles

Recently we have developed a method of transforming activity links on coursepages into large, clickable buttons that we are calling Course tiles.

So, what do they look like? Well, here is a course with a standard Moodle theme showing a series of links to course activities;

Moodle activity links that do not use graphic course tiles

...and now the same page with the course tiles option added to the theme.

Moodle course tiles - graphic activity linksAs you can See in the image above, instead of a series of text links on a course page with the activity-type icon to the left as shown in the first image, the links are now large buttons which have an animation effect when hovered over. If there is content in the activity description, then this is shown in a white box as can be seen in the callout found at the upper right.

What Next

If this is something you would like to add to your existing theme, or if you're thinking of having a new theme for your site, we want to hear from you. Contact us on 0330 660 111 or via the website at

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