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Collapsing and Expanding Course Topic Sections

In Moodle 3.0, you now have the option to make each section of your course “collapsible.” This is useful especially if you have long topic sections from uploaded resources, activities, etc. Being able to collapse each topic might help a student find their current place in the course.

For example, the first section of this course is long enough that it takes up the entire page before the next topic starts.

A long topic section

Each section bordered by a gray line can be “collapsed.”

Each section separated by gray lines (circled above) can be collapsed. To do this, first turn editing on from the top right of the course page. Next, click on “edit settings” in the course administration box.

Edit course settings in the course administration block

Edit course settings in the course administration block

On the edit course settings page, scroll down and expand the “Course format” dropdown arrow. The default format setting is “Topics format.” To make sections of your course collapsible, change this from “Topics format” to “Collapsed topics.”

Change the format value to "collapsed topics" to enable collapsible topic sections.

Change the format value to “collapsed topics” to enable collapsible topic sections.

Then click “save and return” or “save and display” to save your changes. Your course page will now look something like this:

What a course looks like with collapsed topics.

What a course looks like with collapsed topics.

Users can now reveal the material within each section as they choose, while unwanted or irrelevant topics can remain collapsed. This is an especially useful function for course pages with lots of materials and long topic sections.