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The Activities Block in Moodle

The Activities block lists content by the types currently available to students in your course, such as Forums, Assignments, Quizzes, and Resources.

Links Are Automatically Added to the Block

Activities Block ScreenshotThe list of types of activities displayed in the Activities block will grow as you add activities and resources to your course. The first time you enter a new course, the only item in the Activities block is Forums because your course is created with only one forum in it: Announcements (previously called News forum).

When you add a new type of activity or a resource to your course, an icon and link will appear in the Activities block. Click a link for a list of all the instances of that type of activity that appear throughout the course. For example, selecting Assignments will display a list of all Moodle assignments in your course, grouped by the course section they are in.

Add the Activities Block to your Moodle Course

The Activities block is added by default to new courses. If it is not in your course, you can add it:

  1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right)). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. If your Navigation tray is collapsed, select the Navigation tray toggle (hamburger menu Hamburger Menu (stack on gray), top left), and the Navigation tray will expand.
  3. Scroll down to locate Add a block in the bottom left of the Navigation tray. Select + Add a block.
  4. From the list of blocks in the drop-down menu, select Activities. The Activities block will appear at the top of the right sidebar. We recommend keeping the block near the top because it provides an easy and useful way for students to find items and activities in your course. 

Configuring the Activities Block

To adjust the placement and visibility of the Activities block:

  1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right)). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. Select the Actions Menu (Settings icon) for the Activities Block, then select Configure Activities Block.
  3. To change settings for the course as a whole, edit the settings under Where this block appears.
    • Display on page types: Choose whether to display the Activities block on any page, any course page, or any type of course main page.
    • Default weight: Choose where the Activities block is displayed in relation to other blocks. Higher weighted blocks will be displayed lower on the page. You can also adjust block placement by re-ordering blocks.
    • Region: This must be set to Right for the Default weight setting to take effect; otherwise, it has no effect on placement of the Activities block for UMass courses on Moodle in the Cloud.
  4. To change settings for the current page, edit the settings under On this page.
    • Visible: Choose whether the Activities block is visible on the current page.
    • Weight: Choose where the Activities block is displayed in relation to other blocks. Higher weighted blocks will be displayed lower on the page. You can also adjust block placement by re-ordering blocks.
    • Region: This must be set to Right for the Weight setting to take effect; otherwise, it has no effect on placement of the Activities block for UMass courses on Moodle in the Cloud.

Re-order Blocks

  1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Turn editing on (green pencil icon Turn editing on (green pencil icon, top right)). Editing icons and links will appear. 
  2. Locate the Move icon (Move icon) for the block you would like to move. You can click and hold to drag the block to a new location or click the Move icon and select the block under which you want to place the block you are moving.
  3. When you've finished re-ordering your blocks, select Turn editing off (red power icon Turn Editing Off icon (red power symbol)).