Doc of the Day: URL module settings

1395

If you’ve been using Moodle 2.x then you’ll know that the resources have received an overhaul, instead of text pages, web pages and directories, there are now URLs, files, folders and pages.  I think it’s a step in the right direction for usability and streamlining of available resources.  The URL and file module settings also got a touch up in how the information they call is displayed.  Namely (from the Moodle Docs page: http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/URL_module_settings,

WIRIS
  • Automatic – Make the best guess at what should happen (probably what is wanted 99% of the time).
  • Embed – Show the Moodle page with heading, blocks and footer. Show the title/description of the item and display the file directly in the page as well
  • Open – No Moodle heading, blocks, footer or description – just show the file in the web browser (e.g. shows image, PDF, flash animation, taking up the whole browser window)
  • In pop-up – Same as ‘Open’, but opens a new browser window to show this file (without the Moodle heading, blocks, etc) – this browser window also does not have all the menus and address bar in it.
Depending on what type of webpage or file you’re going to display the choices above will make a big difference.  Have a video hosted off site that you want in a pop-up without a menu or URL bar?  Try the pop-up (and customize its size).  What about a Google Docs Form that you want to display within the course, try Embed.  Try each of the settings out to get a sense of how each can change the look and feel of a resource.
For more information about Resources in Moodle 2.x visit http://docs.moodle.org/20/en/Resources.