The Collapsed Topics course format is a great way to clean up the way Moodle displays your course information. Designed and lovingly maintained by Gareth Barnard, the format has become hugely popular and is updated to Moodle 3.0.
Not everyone has the desire to be a technology master, especially those of us who choose to focus our time and energy on teaching and developing incredible materials to support that effort. As such, working with a new plugin like the Collapsed Topics format can be potentially daunting.
Here’s the good news: Gareth Barnard has also created a book The Complete Guide to Collapsed Topics to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to leverage this resource to the fullest.
So, what’s inside? While only 40 pages, the book is truly comprehensive and covers:
- how to install, upgrade or uninstall the plugin,
- features that are course specific and those that are global in nature features,
- how to reset the plugin,
- what capabilities are available,
- what to do with language strings,
- how to override styles and icons in whatever theme you’re using, and
- how to add an entirely new icon set.
If you’re interested in diving deeper in to the Moodleverse, this is a great way to get started.
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