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Adding Blocks

Overview

Blocks are another way of adding static content to a Moodle course. Blocks are added to either the left or right column and may persist from one page to the next in a course. Some blocks only display on the main Moodle page or on certain course pages.



The block menu item contains a long list of block types that can be added to a course. To add a block, turn editing on for your course. The block menu will then become visible. When adding or editing block settings you may have the option of determining where the block is displayed. Certain blocks are not made available due to lack of use or complexity. 





i>clicker Block
The i_clicker block  (plugin) allows students to register their clickers with the Moodle installation. It provides an adminstrative interface for managing the registrations for Moodle admins. Instructors are provided with a reporting view which allows them to view a listing of the students in their courses which have and have not registered clickers. The plugin also provides integration with the i>clicker and i>grader desktop applications and allows direct grade import and export from the Moodle course gradebook.


Panopto Block
Panopto is a lecture capture service employed (new fall 2013) by Colgate University to record lectures. The Panopto block provides users with the ability to post (instructors) and view (students) recorded lectures within a Moodle course.

In order for a Moodle Course to show Panopto content that has been recorded,  the Panopto focus Block must be enabled on the target course page. 

Complete instructions are available by click here.


Quicksets Block 
Quicksets is a custom block to enable visibility for key items including course visibility, grades and visible number of sections. This block is a convenient way of temporarily 'hiding' a course from students while changes are made, for example. 

This block is never visible to students (the student role). 


Comments
The comment block provides a way of leaving messages that persist within the block. This should not be used for threaded conversations.



Courses
The courses block contains a linked list to courses in Moodle. The 'all courses...' link opens a course category matrix of courses on Moodle.


Current Courses List
Similar to the courses block but contains a search feature.


HTML
The HTML block is a powerful tool to add content, including images, media and styled text. After adding this block, choose the pencil icon to edit settings and set-up the block. Use the HTML editor to add content.

Sample Usage

Embedding an Image
<img src="web_link_to_your_image" border="0" width="150" height="150" align="left">

Embedding a Link
<a href="your link here" TARGET="_blank">My Link</a>


Embed code from YouTube, Vimeo and other similar content providers can also be placed as HTML using this block.


Latest News
This block displays a linked list of the latest forum posts. Use the 'Add a new topic...' link to add a new post. 'Fourm' and 'news' are used interchangeably in Moodle.


My Private Files
Displays a linked list of private files. Private files are added by using the 'My Profile' link and choosing 'My Private Files'. From here files can be added which are only available to the logged in user. However, private files can be shared by adding a resource. When choosing a resource, such as a 'File' or 'Folder' selections can be made from the private files storehouse.


Online Users
Displays a list of user currently logged in and on-line.


People
The People block displays a linked item called 'Participants'. Clicking on this link, depending upon the assigned role, will display individuals with a Moodle account.


Random Glossary Entry
When a glossary is configured, this block will display, at random, a glossary entry. Similar to a 'quote of the day' feature.


Recent Activity
This block displays new items or changes with the course or Moodle itself.


Recent Blog History
This blocks displays the latest blog posts.



Tags
TBD


Upcoming Events
This block displays upcoming calendar events. Use the 'New Event...' link to add an event. The new event will also become a linked event on the calendar (if displayed).