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Computing and Information Services (CIS)

enabling the productive use of technologies for teaching, learning, research, administration, and outreach


August 2, 2016 - August 2, 2016

Blocks are shortcuts that allow you to speed up your work in Moodle. A block resides in the right-hand or left-hand side of a course page.

Default blocks are:     

Navigation: On this block, you will be able to view your profile and courses. 

Navigation Block


AdministrationOn this block, you will be able to make changes.

 Administration Block



Add a block: On this block, you add further blocks. Select the options provided on the
pull-down menu.
Note: you need to make sure that  
you have first clicked on: Turn Editing OnAdd a Block



Course MigrationOn this block, course contents can be copied from previous semester to a current course. Course Migration


Quickmail: On this block, users can
email with other class participants



Lecture Capture: This block contains the link to Tegrity. Tegrity is used for video recording.‌






The following blocks can be added by using the Add a Block.

Blog Menu

The Blog Menu option allows you to add and edit blog entries in Moodle. You can also put it in a permalink – so you can have a specific link that you will be able to share with others. Be aware that Blogs in MOODLE are PUBLIC and can be seen by the entire TC community. If you with to add a Course Blog see the section "Course Blog vs Public Blog."

Blog Tags

Displays a list of blogs that you have (provided you have a few): the different font size visually indicates each blog's use. The more frequently used blogs appear in a larger font size and least used in smaller fonts.


You can add a calendar to your Moodle page. The calendar associates all of your course activities, including the assignments – so you can see when a specific assignment is due for example


Allows users to post comments – if you add this feature you will be able to post a comment that will be visible to all participants in the course under the Comments block (on the right or left side). It is similar to forums, but the difference is that the comments will appear only in a block – so as a short cut either on the right-hand or left-hand of your screen:

Course Completion Status

This block allows you to see if the students in your class have completed the course, i.e. finished all the requirements that you set for them. Please bear in mind that this status block will only appear if completion tracking criteria are set in Settings > Course administration > Completion tracking, in other words if you have defined what is required from students in order to complete the course.


Lists and allows navigation between all of the courses in which the logged in user is a participant (as tutor and/or student). The block allows one-click access to a course's home page. This is not a very essential feature – since you can access your courses from the main page anyway – but if you prefer to see a list of them as a shortcut, you can with this block.


Used to add text or images on a site or course page. The block is flexible and can incorporate a variety of functions and uses in the content area. It has the standard Moodle HTML editor for formatting text, adding images or creating links. Enables embedding video, flash, and sounds.


Allows quick monitoring of messages by displaying a list of new messages you have received, with a link to your Messages window. This block appears already in your home page as default.


Contains a link to the list of the course participants. A teacher should see this block in their course. The participants' profiles are available by clicking on their name or picture. The list can be sorted by first name, surname, city, country and last access. You can also assign roles when the course's edit mode is turned on. Once you click on the participants, you will see all of the participants in your class:

Recent Activity Block

Lists course activity, such as updated resources and activities, forum posts and assignment submissions since the user last accessed the course.


Tags allow students and teachers to describe their interests in a way that is easy for people with similar interests to find them. The user's profile has a place to enter interests, which will create or add the user to an existing tag. Tag pages can be viewed and blog posts can be tagged. The tags block is a way of viewing all tags in a tags block, or "tag cloud". So for example here we can see the tags based on the interests that participants wrote down, different posts that they have.