Course Formats

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Faculty and course staff can customize the layout of a CLE course using course formats. There are six different course formats to choose from in the CLE, each having their own strengths and applications.The following roles can change course formats in a CLE course: Manager, Instructor, Course Assistant, and Grading Assistant.

While the default Topics course format may be the best fit for your students, it is worth exploring other options to help enhance your CLE course.

Click the tabs above to see examples of the six different course formats and view instructions and tips for applying a course format to your CLE course.

Below is an overview of the six different formats that can be applied to a CLE course.

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Topics

Organize your course by topics.

topics course format

Weekly

Organize your course by weeks.

weekly course format

Collapsed Topics

Allow students to collapse and expand sections.

collapsed topics

Flexible Sections

Give your course a hierarchical and flexible structure.

flexible sections

Social

Focus your course around a single course forum.

social format

Single Activity

Focus your course around a single activity.

single activity

Topics Course Format

The course is organized in to topic sections and the instructor can edit individual topic names. Each topic section contains activities and resources.

Use Case

This is a great format to use if your course is objective based and each objective may take different amounts of time to complete, such as an asynchronous course. An example of this would be when using scaffolding, where students are building upon the knowledge from earlier topics.

screenshot of topics course format

To use the Topics course format:

  1. While in the CLE course, navigate to the Administration block and click Edit Settings
  2. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  3. From the Format drop down menu, select Topics Format
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Topics course format will now be used in the course.


Show Only One Section Per Page

With the Weekly and Topics formats it is possible to show only one topic per page. The course home page shows just the section names and any text in the section description along with the number of activities and resources inside of the section, with the names being click-able. This is what students see the first time they access the course. Once the students have selected a topic by clicking on its name, they then see only one section at a time.

Topic Format with one setion per pageclick image to view full-screen

Topic Format with one section per pageclick image to view full-screen

There is a Jump to… menu at the bottom of each single section page for navigation. Students can also use the Navigation block to access course topics.

Use Case

This is great to use for courses with a large amount of content, where students are expected to work in only one topic at any given time.

To enable one topic per page in a course:

  1. While in the course, navigate to the Administration block > Course administration > Edit settings > Course Format > Course Layout and select Show one section per page.
  2. Click the Save Changes button.
  3. If editing is turned ON in the course, then only those with an editing role will see all the content in all the sections while on the main course page. To view the course from the student perspective, make sure to turn editing OFF in your course, navigate to the Administration block > Switch role to > Student.
  4. Remember to click Return to my normal role from the Administration block or top-right corner of the course when you are done.

Weekly Course Format

The course is organized week by week, with a clear start date and finish date. The CLE will create a section for each week of your course depending on the number of sections selected on the Edit Settings page.

Use Case

If you want all students to work on the same materials at the same time, this is a good format to choose. Many academic courses use the Weekly course format.

screenshot of weekly course format

NOTE: Make sure your course start date is entered in Edit Settings > Course Start Date. If a start date is not entered, the weeks will use the incorrect dates. This is especially important if you have imported content in to a course to use for a new quarter.

To use the Weekly course format:

  1. While in the CLE course, navigate to the Administration block and click Edit Settings
  2. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  3. From the Format drop down menu, select Weekly Format
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Weekly course format will now be used in the course.


Show Only One Section Per Page

With the Weekly and Topics formats it is possible to show only one topic per page. The course home page shows just the section dates and any text in the section description along with the number of activities and resources inside of the section, with the names being click-able. This is what students see the first time they access the course. Once students have selected a week by clicking on its name, they then see one week at a time.

SCREENSHOT FO WEEKLY Screenshot of weekly format with one section per pageclick to view full-screen

Screenshot of weekly format with one section per pageclick to view full-screen

There is a Jump to… menu at the bottom of each single section page for navigation. Students can also use the Navigation block to access course topics.

Use Case

This is great to use for courses with a large amount of content, where students are expected to work in only one week at any given time.

To enable one week per page in a course:

  1. While in the course, navigate to the Administration block > Course administration > Edit settings > Course Format > Course Layout and select Show one section per page.
  2. Click the Save Changes button.
  3. If editing is turned ON in the course, then only those with an editing role will see all the content in all the sections while on the main course page. To view the course from the student perspective, make sure to turn editing OFF in your course, navigate to the Administration block > Switch role to > Student.
  4. Remember to click Return to my normal role from the Administration block or top-right corner of the course when you are done.

Collapsed Topics Course Format

Streamline the look of your CLE course! The Collapsed Topics format helps to organize your course to eliminate the scroll of death. The course format allows students to keep course content tucked away within sections. Topics can be expanded and collapsed with a single click and the state of the toggles is remembered on a per course per user basis.

Use Case

The Collapsed Topics course format is one of the newest course formats in the CLE. It is great for both academic or collaboration courses with a large number of resources and activities.

screenshot of collapsed topics course format

To use the Collapsed Topics course format:

  1. While in the CLE course, navigate to the Administration block and click Edit Settings
  2. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  3. From the Format drop down menu, select Collapsed Topics
  4. Configure Collapsed Topics settings to meet your course needscollapsed topics settings
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Collapsed Topics course format will now be used in the course.

Other Course Formats

Flexible Sections Course Format

This powerful course format was designed to help organize large amounts of activities and resources. Using Flexible Sections gives your course topics a hierarchical and flexible structure. Now you have the ability to create sections within your topics that allow you to organize your content into subsections. Sections can be collapsed or expanded to provide a more streamlined course home page.

Use Case

The Flexible Sections course format is great for department or collaboration pages used as a hub for resources.flexible sections

This course format looks very similar to Topics format except:

  • Sections can also be added inside another section
  • Each section (regardless of its nesting level) can be shown expanded or collapsed
  • If a section is displayed collapsed, it’s name is displayed as a link to the separate page and on this separate page the link Back to … is displayed
  • If teacher hides a section all nested sections and activities become hidden as wel
  • If section has both activities and subsections activities are displayed first.

To use the Flexible Sections course format:

  1. While in the CLE course, navigate to the Administration block and click Edit Settings
  2. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  3. From the Format drop down menu, select Flexible Sections Format
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Flexible Sections course format will now be used in the course.


Social Course Format

This course format is focused around one main forum, the social forum, which appears listed on the main page.

Use Case

Great course format for student groups, organizations and department collaboration. It is useful for situations that are more free form and may not even be courses.

social formatTo use the Social course format:

  1. While in the CLE course, navigate to the Administration block and click Edit Settings
  2. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  3. From the Format drop down menu, select Social Format
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Social course format will now be used in the course.

The course forum can be edited by clicking the Update this forum button on the social forum page. The forum introduction is displayed at the top of the course page. Activities and resources can be added to the side of the course utilizing the Social activities block.


Single Activity Course Format

The Single Activity course format only has one section and allows the instructor to add only one activity to the course. When the single activity format is selected, a drop down menu appears for the instructor to choose the activity to use in the course. Students are taken directly to this activity upon entering the course.

Use Case

Where the focus of a course is on a single activity, such as a Forum or Quiz.

single activityTo use the Single Activity course format:

  1. While in the CLE course, navigate to the Administration block and click Edit Settings
  2. Scroll down and expand the Course Format section
  3. From the Format drop down menu, select Single Activity Format
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Changes button

The Single Activity course format will now be used in the course.

The Single Activity course format displays additional resources and activities as “orphaned” and for instructors only; while the Social format displays additional activities and resources in an activities block and are available to students.