The Pages Course Format will blow you away

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I’m a sucker for course aesthetics, which is why this new course format being developed by Stuart Lamour and the University of Sussex elearning team has really struck a chord with me.

Post Pages - Post Inline - WIRIS

If you’ve ever used Blackboard, it provides a simpler and easier approach to creating courses that have clear/crisp navigation similar to the book module layout.  The pages are listed along the left hand navigation and clicking each will open that page, list the page description and all/any resources activities that have been added to the page.  Think of it as a more intuitive “tabbed” layout where the tabs are each a page instead.  It appears that block/static course information can be placed along the footer of the pages.

The first iteration looks incredible and I cannot wait to get my hands on a test copy.  It certainly puts a Moodle course into a new, modern light which is more consistent with other web/Content Management System layouts and interfaces.

According to the blog post announcing the new course format it’s being developed for both Moodle 1.9 and 2.0 (sweet); unfortunately at this time there is no schedule for availability.

For more information visit the Sussex eLearning Team blog: http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/elearningteam/

And definitely check out the video [direct link]:

Moodle pages format May 2011 from Study Direct on Vimeo.