Moodle 2.3 has the option to create different navigation functionality using the Moodle Blocks feature. Blocks can be moved, deleted, and added to the sites navigation sidebars. This allow Logins, News updates, Messages, RSS feeds and many many more options to be shown on the site navigation. An example of a common block would be the Logged in User block. The logged in User block will display the users Image, username, email address and other information about the student when they are logged in in the navigation sidebar. This article will overview the Moodle block options.

Moodle blocks overview

  1. Log into the Moodle Dashboard

    Important! Keep in mind that Editing must be turned on in the Settings section in order to edit any of these options.

  2. blocks-overview-1-add-block Select the Add a block drop menu. Below is a table with a brief description of each section.
Moodle blocks
Activities activitiesThis will display the Course Activities when the administrator is logged in. This provides a quick navigation for the administrator.
Admin bookmarks activitiesThis block is for the administrator. The bookmarks allow the administrator to save specific links to pages in the Moodle site.
Blog menu activitiesLinks to blog entries. New posts can be added in this block.
Blog tags Creates a tag cloud for the blog entries. (No Image)
Calendar activitiesThis block views the site wide events for the Courses. Also the Users and groups can be viewed in the calendar block. This is added to the navigation by default.
Comments activitiesDisplays comments.
Community finder activitiesThis block includes a link to search public community hubs. Theses hubs have downloadable and enrollable courses.
Course completion status activitiesDisplays a link to the students progress in the Course for the teacher and the student.
Course/site description activitiesDisplays a summary of the Course.
Courses activitiesDisplays navigation links to the courses for enrolled users.
HTML activitiesThis block enables HTML to be displayed. Embedded Video, audio, and other functions can be added to this block.
Latest news activitiesDisplays the latest news. New topics can be added through this block as well.
Logged in user activitiesDisplays the logged in users.
Login activitiesDisplays the login prompt.
Main menu activitiesDisplays the front page links. This is added to the navigation by default.
Mentees Provides access to the Mentees profile. (No Image)
Messages activitiesLists the new messages on the navigation.
My private files activitiesAllows users to display their private files in the Navigation.
Navigation activitiesThis is the default navigation block set by default. Displays the Home, Site pages, My profile, and My courses.
Network servers Allows the user to navigate to other Moodle sites. (No Image)
Online users activitiesDisplays the logged in Users in a particular course.
People activitiesShows a link to online users in a course.
Quiz results activitiesDisplays the users quiz results.
Random glossary entry activitiesDisplays random glossary terms.
Recent activity activitiesList the recent use of course activities, resources, posts and more.
Recent blog entries activitiesShows the recent blog activity in the navigation
Remote RSS feeds activitiesLists external RSS feeds. When the external RSS feed changes the Remote RSS feed block will update.
Search forums activitiesAdds a search box for the forums to the navigation.
Section links activitiesProvides links to each course section in a Course.
Self completion activitiesShows the students completed course submissions.
Settings activitiesDisplays the Front page settings, My Profile settings, Site administration, course administration and other necessary functions for developing the Moodle site.
Tags activitiesCreates a tag cloud from tags.
Upcoming events activitiesSummarizes the future events in the navigation.

This concludes the article for the Moodle blocks Overview. To review the last article Manually installing a theme for Moodle 2.3 The next article is on Changing the Appearance of the Calendar in Moodle. For more information about articles on the Moodle 2.3 appearance, please visit Changing the Appearance of Moodle.

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