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How do I get rid of the teachers' names on my course descriptions?

By default Moodle will show names of teachers on course descriptions. If you don't want this, uncheck the role in Administration > Site Administration > Appearance > Course contacts.


How do I add the names of non-editing teachers to my course descriptions?

By default Moodle will only show names of teachers on course descriptions. If you want to add other roles, check the role in Administration > Site Administration > Appearance > Course contacts.


Some of my courses have the course summaries showing but some only have an information icon. Why?

Categories which have fewer than ten courses will show the full summary but those with more will only show the information icon. If you want them all to show the full summary then change the value of the Courses with summaries limit (courseswithsummarieslimit) setting in Site Administration > Appearance > Courses.


I can't upload files to my course. I get the message that my 'filetype cannot be accepted'


How can I prevent teachers from being able to add a particular resource or activity?

From Site administration>Users>Permissions>Define roles, edit the teacher role and untick "allow" on the capability of the module you wish them not to add - for example mod/workshop:addinstance


Where did the 'Add an activity or resource' link go?

The 'Add an activity or resource' link to the activity chooser can be turned on or off via a link in the administration block. The link only appears when editing is turned on in the course.


Why am I getting dates in the future on a course I have restored?

If you restored a course with user data but set the enrolment date for the present time, then logs, forum posts .will still be set at the same time distance from the start of the course. So if your original course began in 2010 and participants posted in a forum in 2012, then if you restore our course to begin in 2014, all those posts will have a date of 2016 on them. See MDL-44961


How can I make my course home page look more like a web page?

Often when a course has a lot of content, students and teachers find the long scrolling tedious and would prefer a 'neater' appearance with hyperlinks to sections in a similar way to the way pages on websites work.

See Stealth activities for information on how to do this in a Moodle course.


Where can I find a list of all course resources and activities?

We can find a list of resources (ie static pages and folders etc) here:

http://yourmoodlesite.net/course/resources.php?id=x
where x is the course ID number. If you wish to see the list of activities such as quizzes, then use a URL such as this
http://yourmoodlesite.net/mod/quiz/index.php?id=x
where x is the course ID number.

Change the activity name according to the activity you need to see listed.


Is there a shortcut URL to a course?

Try this using the course shortname: URL (Moodlesite)/course/view.php?name=shortname to navigate directly to a course.

Check out the tracker item for clean URLs: MDL-28030


What happens to my course content if I change the format from one format to another?

For standard course formats only: If you change from Topics to Weekly or Weekly to Topics, then the only real difference will be in the titles of the sections. If you change to Social format then we will just have a forum and if you still want access to your other activities you need to add the "Social activities block". If you change to the Single activity format we will only see the activity you chose to display, and your other activities will be hidden from students but available to you in a greyed out section. If you then revert back from Single activity to Topics or Weekly format we will need to un-hide those sections.


How can I move items easily on a course with lots of activities?

See the Tips and tricks section of Course homepage for a method allowing us to avoid scrolling issues when moving an activity or resource in a busy course.