Exploring course formats in Moodle

Exploring course formats in Moodle

Moodle offers course creators the ability to select from an array of formats to meet their learning goals. The course format refers to the layout of the course, determining how its information is presented to and accessed by enrolled users. Site administrators can enable, disable or delete course formats by going to Admin dashboard > Site administration > Plugins > Course formats > Manage course formats, the page displaying as follows:

Moodle course formats

Note: The default choice is the Topics format which can be changed by visiting the link titled “Course default settings” at the bottom of the above image, which can alternatively be accessed from Admin dashboard > Site administration > Courses > Course default settings. Under the section “Course format”, the drop-down setting “Format” can be changed to any other course format.

Moodle Topics course format

When setting up a course or editing its settings, you can find the course’s edit settings page has a section “Course format” from where the “Format” field can be used to select the course’s format. There are additional settings to company each format:

Default Moodle course formats

Weekly format

In this format, courses are organized on a week-by-week basis. Each section within the course will have a date corresponding to it. Moodle will create a section for each week of your course. The current week will be highlighted for users to see. The course start date and end date will be utilized to determine the number of sections within your course.

Moodle Weekly course format

Note: If you wish for your students to work on the same material at the same time, then this course format would be ideal for you.


Topics format

In this format, the course will be organized into topic sections that can assign titles to. Each topic section consists of activities, resources, and labels.

Moodle Topics course format

Note: The topics course format is ideal if the course is objective-based. In this case, each objective may take different amounts of time to complete. This is great in scenarios in which students build upon the knowledge from earlier topics.


Single activity format

The single activity format only consists of one section and permits the teacher to add just one activity to the course. The entire course is thus situated around one single activity (by default forum, but this can be modified by a teacher or course creator).

Moodle Single Activity Course Format

Social format

The social format is situated around one main forum (the social forum). This forum will appear on the main page of the course. The teacher or course creator can specify how many discussions they wish to display on the course page.

Moodle Social Course Format

Recommended course formats from the community


Grid format

The grid format is a modular and visual course format. When using this course format, each topic is displayed as a grid icon. When users click the grid icon (topic section), the contents for the clicked topic section will be displayed. Otherwise, the contents of each grid icon are hidden by default.

Grid Course Format

Tiles format

The tiles format displays course topic sections as tiles instead of the default list format found within the topics format. When users click on a specific tile, the content within that topic section will expand below the tile with an animated effect transition.

Tiles Course Format

Course formats available with Virtual Slate


Accordion format

The accordion format displays the topic sections in a list format. However, it doesn’t allow more than one section to be expanded at any given time. This means that if students expand one section whilst another section is open, it will result in the first section being collapsed and expanding the second section. This is why it is referred to as the Accordion format, due to its similar nature to that of an Accordion. Teachers may wish to utilize this course format over the topics format due to its aesthetic and transition appeal.

Accordion course format

Tabs format

The Tabs format displays the contents for one topic on the course page at a time. In many ways, it has similar characteristics to that of a web browser. Only content from the selected tab will be displayed to the users at any given time. For example, clicking Topic 3 in the tabs section above will display the activities and resources available within Topic 3.

Tabs course format

The above tabs have a horizontal layout. This can be changed to a vertical layout in the course settings page, by changing the tabs layout setting to “Vertical” from “Horizontal”. When this is done, the tab navigation appears vertically on the side instead of on the top of the topic view.

Tabs format (horizontal layout)

You can find out more about Virtual Slate via the link below:


2021 Moodle Award Winner – Certified Service Provider of the Year (APAC region)

2021 Moodle Award Winner – Certified Service Provider of the Year (APAC region)

Lingel Learning is proud to announce we are the winners of ‘Moodle Certified Service Provider of the Year 2021 (APAC region)’. The dedicated team at Lingel Learning have excelled this past year in developing and delivering innovative solutions to give our clients the most effective Learning Management System experience possible.

2021 Moodle Award Winner – Certified Service Provider of the Year (APAC region)

The incredible support we received from our clients, our collaboration with Moodle, along with the drive of the Lingel Learning team, has allowed us to celebrate this outstanding achievement today. As a Moodle Partner, we have been deemed experts in our field of educational technology.

2021 has brought new opportunities for Lingel Learning. Over the course of the pandemic, the massive popularity of e-learning has been both rewarding and challenging for us. We have risen to the occasion and measurably accelerated our products, listening to common pain-points from our customers and tweaking our features to deliver what our valued clients need.

    2021 Moodle Certified Service Provider Awards

    Established in 2011, Lingel Learning has prided itself on its commitment to Moodle. With offices in Canada and Australia, we continue to deliver exceptional services to our clients across a range of industries such as Corporate, Government, Education and Not-for-profit.

    Lingel Learning offer its clients the benefit of using Moodle’s latest and greatest features along with enrolmart and the Virtual Slate framework that comes bundled with advanced plugins, integrations, and user-friendly dashboards.

    We’re looking forward to 2022 and continuing to help our clients get the most out of their online learning platform.

    Lingel Learning becomes a Certified Moodle Partner in Australia

    Lingel Learning becomes a Certified Moodle Partner in Australia

    Moodle’s certified services strengthen in Australia as Lingel Learning officially join the APAC region

    Moodle welcomes Lingel Learning to the Certified Partner Network as a Moodle Partner in Australia.

    “I am excited to have Lingel Learning officially join the APAC region as they add Australia to their Certified Moodle territories. Sandeep, Gavin and the team have been with the Moodle Partner Program since 2018, servicing the North American marketplace out of offices there and in Melbourne. Lingel Learning have clearly demonstrated growth, commitment and support of the Moodle project over the past few years, so they were a natural choice when the opportunity to bring on an additional Certified Moodle Partner in Australia came about. I look forward to working with them through this expansion and continuing contribution”. ​– Fiona Ong, APAC Channel Manager, Moodle

    “We have been servicing the Australian market since 2011 and becoming a Certified Moodle Partner in Australia will now allow us to provide certified Moodle services to our current and future clients.”​Sandeep Gill, Director, Lingel Learning

    Sandeep continues, ​“Becoming a Moodle Partner has solidified the hard work our company has undertaken to promote, develop and extend Moodle. We are passionate about Moodle and look forward to bringing the additional resources, knowledge and expertise that being a Certified Moodle Partner will offer our current and future clients”.

    Why the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Region?

    Lingel Learning was founded in Melbourne, Australia and it has always been the home of our headquarters. We have a strong presence and client base across Australia. We are excited to be working closely with Moodle HQ and our Australian team, further growing Moodle in the APAC region to deliver exceptional services to our clients across Australia.

    What is a Moodle Partner?

    Moodle Partners are experts in educational technology who have years of experience with Moodle projects and the expertise to deliver high quality projects. Moodle Partners have been vetted by Moodle to ensure their knowledge and expertise is up to Moodle standard. Moodle Partners pay a portion of their income to Moodle in the form of royalties. This helps the Moodle project move forward and ensure the ongoing development and support and maintenance of Moodle.

    We constantly improve and innovate solutions that help our clients get the most out of their Moodle platform. We offer a diverse range of Moodle services from hosting, development, support, integration, training to course development.
    We look forward to continually grow and support the Moodle Community.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Working from home successfully

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Working from home successfully

    To help minimise the spread of Coronavirus, more and more organisations are recommending employees to work from home instead of attending their usual place of work. Below are some useful tips for setting up a home office and successful collaboration with your colleagues using Moodle LMS.

    Helpful tips to keep in mind when setting up your own home office

    Dedicated space

    You can have quite a few distractions while working from home (TV, Food, Kids etc.). Having a dedicated space can help you focus on your work and keep those distractions at bay. It doesn’t have to be a large space, just somewhere in the house where you can setup a desk and focus on your work. Ensure you have adequate lighting for the task to be performed and clear walkways free of trip hazards such as electrical cords.


    It is important to maintain contact when working from home or in isolation. Using tools to help you collaborate with your team, will help you feel more engaged with your colleagues. Programs like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting etc. will allow you to Chat and Web conference. Why not end the week with a weekly Friday afternoon video chat to kick off the weekend?

    Health and Safety

    Correct workstation setup is important for your Health and Safety. A home office could include a table or desk, a supportive chair, an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. Ensure you have sufficient clear space so you can move without strain or injury. Take regular breaks and stretch while you’re working. As a guide, try and change position every 30 minutes and take a short break every 90 mins.  


    Moodle features that help you work from home

    Not every organisation has access to big brand collaboration tools, but if you have Moodle, you have all the tools you might need. Moodle has some great features that can help your team work and collaborate better from a home/remote environment. Mentioned below are few of many tools available in Moodle:


    The forum activity module enables participants to have asynchronous discussions over an extended period of time. There are several forum types to choose from, such as a standard forum where anyone can start a new discussion at any time; a forum where each student can post exactly one discussion; or a question and answer forum where students must first post before being able to view other students’ posts. find out more


    The chat activity module enables participants to have text-based, real-time synchronous discussions. The chat may be a one-time activity or it may be repeated at the same time each day or each week. Chat sessions are saved and can be made available for everyone to view or restricted to users with the capability to view chat session logs. find out more

    Web Conferencing

    Host online meetings, webinars and chat using the following Web Conferencing Tools. Install one of the Community plugins and allow users to join a meeting directly from your course.

    You can either use these in individual courses that have been assigned to various departments or global activities that can be accessed by the whole organisation.

    Good luck and Stay Safe! 

    Taking the confusion out of Articulate Storyline licensing

    Taking the confusion out of Articulate Storyline licensing

    Anyone who has looked into purchasing a Storyline license will know there are a few different options, each with their own set of restrictions, depending on the software you choose. As an elearning developer: freelancer or within an organisation, it can be confusing deciding which option to take. We have taken the guesswork out of it, researched each alternative and simplified it for you here.


    Storyline 3 is the same as previous Storyline software applications 1 and 2. Each user that logs into Storyline needs to have their own account, set of credentials and therefore their own serial number. The serial number is unique to each user. Storyline 3 licences are non-transferrable and remain permanently associated to the user who originally orders the software. If a staff member leaves the organisation, the license can’t be shared or transferred to another person.

    The following apply to the Storyline 3 licenses: 

    • Single Application Only 
    • Licences are not transferability
    • Only standard email support
    • No access to the Articulate 360 Content Library Integration
    • No Multi-user Editing within Your Team.
    • No Articulate Review for Stakeholder Reviews.
    • Additional charge for each licence upgrade when a new version is released.


    Articulate 360 is Articulate’s subscription licence. Articulate 360 includes several authoring tools, a mobile responsive authoring app, screencasting apps, a library of course assets, an online tool for review and collaboration, and training webinars by industry experts. This includes the following applications: Articulate 360, RISE, REVIEW, PEEK, REPLAY and LIve. It also gives you access to the content library. For more information on the differences between Storyline 3 and Articulate 360, see here. Articulate 360 is sold as a single user yearly subscription. Similarly to Storyline 3, Articulate 360 subscriptions are non transferable. If your organisation has a lot of movement or changing of roles, it might be worth looking at the teams subscription.

    Articulate 360 includes access to:

    • Storyline 360 – Industry standard for creating interactive elearning SCORM content
    • Studio 360 – Transform PowerPoint presentations into Courses.
    • Rise 360 – Build fully responsive courses in minutes, right within your web browser.
    • Content Library 360 – An ever-expanding source of course assets, with over 3 million images/videos + characters & slide templates.
    • Review 360 – Simplify project reviews with your stakeholders with instant upload & sharing, comments, and notifications.
    • Replay 360 – Record and edit personalised screencastsn.
    • Peek 360 – Record screencasts and instantly upload to Review for sharing.
    • Articulate 360 Training – Gives you the training you need from eLearning experts.


    Articulate 360 Teams

    These subscriptions are great if you’re working in a team, or even solo but want the extra security of licence transferability and priority support. If a user leaves your organisation or you have members changing roles, it’s no problem to transfer the license. In each year period, you can transfer seats up to two times the number of seats in your account. For example, if your team has 5 seats, you can make 10 transfers per year.

    Whoever makes the purchase of the account is the owner and admin for the team. However, it is not set in stone. If you need to, you can remove yourself and assign others to be the admin of the team. The team subscription is a small fee above the Articulate 360 subscription.

    If you have further questions, contact us.

    Moodle User Tours

    Moodle User Tours

    Moodle User Tours are a step by step guide to distinct areas in Moodle’s interface. These tours are helpful when guiding learners new to Moodle around the site. They can demonstrate how a new feature works to a targeted group of students; for example, a Moodle Tour could show students around the navigation menu and answer common questions they may have.

    Moodle User Tours could introduce learners to the site, highlight key features and generally show students how to interact with their Moodle site. This is done through popup boxes filled with text.

    To filter who sees the tour, there is a “tour filter” setting. This enables administrators to choose who will see the tour. For example, for a demonstration to first time users, create a filter that is labeled students.

    If you need to translate your tour, Moodle tours have the ability to cater to multiple languages as well.
    Moodle has created a repository for users to upload tours they have created so others can share, view and learn from them. This is a great feature because you may be able to find the tour you are looking for online.

    Some of the User Tours we have created for our clients include, “SIte tours”, “How to’s” and “Course Overviews”. Get started creating your own User Tour today!