Course formats dictate the look and feel of a given course page, they can alter the way elements are presented to a user and the way in which you can customise the visual appearance of the course. This guide will show you how to use the “Topics” course format.
Step 1 - Navigate
You can find the Course Format settings within the settings page of your course by going to:
*Course name* > Settings > Course format
Step 2 - Topics format
From within the Course Format settings area, you can select the required format by using the format drop-down menu. By default all courses are created using the Topics format, so in this case we don't need to make any changes to this setting.
Topics format appearance
The Topics format displays all activities to the user upon opening the course, with each section of content broken down into “Topics”. In the example below, as no activities have been added to the course a user will only see the topic titles.
Editing the Topics format
To add a new topic to the course, simply enable “Edit mode” using the toggle in the top right of the page and click the “Add topic” button to add in a new topic. For example, to add a topic below the current “Topic 1” you would click the “Add topic” button directly below this.
You can also edit the ordering of topics (or the activities included within them) by using the navigation menu on the left of the course page. With “Edit mode” enabled, you’ll be able to drag and drop topics to move their positioning within the course.
Step 3 - Save
Once you have selected the correct course format and saved these changes you can then make any required adjustments to the topics included within the course and these will automatically be saved. If you change the course format following this, then any settings made in relation to the original course format will be lost.