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Reducing the length of your course page with ‘one section per page’

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For: StaffApplication: Design and Build , QMplusTagged: course format , design

Course pages in QMplus can easily start to become very long. As you add topics, resources and activities students can end up spending a lot of time scrolling up and down the page. The "collapsed topics" format can help with this, allowing the student to keep the topics they are not interested in closed. However large numbers of topics may still require scrolling.

There is another way to address this problem by using the "one section per page" layout. This means that instead of all the topics being on one page, they are split across several pages. The student can quickly get to the contents of the topic they require and can navigate between sections via navigation links.

Setting up your course to use the one section per page layout

Edit settingsIn your course area go to the Settings block and select Edit settings

Course format settingsScroll down to the Course format settings. Select either Topics format (QMUL) or Weekly format (QMUL) from the Format drop-down menu.

screen 3Select Show one section per page from the Course layout drop-down menu.

Note that the one section per page course layout option only works with the Topics format (QMUL) or Weekly format (QMUL). It will not work with any other format.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and save your changes.

What a one section per page course looks like

One section per page

This screenshot shows a course home page on QMplus using the "Topics (QMUL)" course format with the "one section per page" layout. Each topic in the course area appears as a box on the page:

  1. Any text in your topic summary appears here.
  2. An overview of what is contained in the topic appears here. In this case, there are 3 files in the topic.
  3. Clicking on the title bar will take the you to the topic.

One section per page format

The screenshot shows the course area with "Topic 1" being displayed:

  1. The contents of the topic appear here.
  2. You can navigate to the next topic by clicking on the link on the top (or bottom) right of the topic content box.
  3. You can use the Jump to drop-down to jump directly to any topic in the course
  4. The contents of topic 0 always appear at the top of the page. Note however that the Assessment information box only appears when you are on the course main page.

Jump to menu

The Jump to menu can be used to navigate to any topic in the course. It can also be used to navigate back to the main course page.

Using the menu

Note that you can also still use the standard course menu block to navigate through the sections.

Did this answer your query? If not, you can raise a ticket on the online Helpdesk or email: its-helpdesk@qmul.ac.uk . Alternatively you can also request a particular guide or highlight an error in this guide using our guides request tracker.

Produced by the the E-Learning Unit at Queen Mary University of London.
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