In this series of blog posts our resident developer and expert on all things Moodle related, Connor, will be picking a Moodle plugin to feature each month which he thinks is innovative, useful, and easy to add to your platform.
This month he’s chosen the Tiles Format plugin, which can be found in the Moodle plugins directory here: https://moodle.org/plugins/format_tiles
The Tiles Format plugin is quickly becoming a favourite at Titus Learning and is one we help all of our clients set up on their platform.
Very simply, the plugin lays out all of your Moodle Course topics into their own separate tiles within the course. We have always been big advocates for easy navigation within Moodle, and as the plugin allows users to quickly access the area of the course that they want, it has become a key plugin for our Titus Learning themes.
When a course topic is clicked, the activities and resources within that topic toggle out and are displayed underneath with a seamless transition. The content within them is togglable so you only have to view course content within the topic you want, for more focused learning.
The tiles format also removes the dreaded ‘scroll of death’ which many Moodle users have issues with but find it difficult to find alternatives. The course format is responsive so it can be viewed on various different devices, such as mobile or tablet.
At Titus Learning, we strive to make our Moodle platforms as easy to use and intuitive as possible, and that’s where our love for the plugin comes from. The tiles format is incredibly user-friendly, it has easy to use navigation features for accessing the content you want, and although it is very easy to use, it is highly customisable allowing you to change the look of the course to suit your needs.
In the course settings, you can change the icons and images of the tiles on your course to get it looking the way you want.
If you also have activity completion enabled, it displays the percentage the user has completed the course in the corner of the tiles, so the users can clearly see their progression in each topic on the site.
The plugin is maintained by David Watson, and is available on versions 3.3 through to 3.7. Further documentation can be found here: https://moodle.org/plugins/format_tiles
For any assistance with setting up Moodle plugins, you can also contact the team at Titus Learning – we’re always happy to help with any Moodle query however big or small.