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The Activities Block in Moodle

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

Links Are Automatically Added to the Block

Screenshot of the Activities blockThe 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, clicking on 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, but if it is not in your course you can add it:

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on.
  2. At the bottom of the right sidebar, in the block titled Add a block, click Add...
  3. From the list of blocks that appears in the drop-down menu, select Activities. The Activities block will appear at the bottom of the right sidebar.

Move the Activities Block to the Top of the Sidebar

Since this block provides an easy and useful way for students to find items and activities in your course, we recommend placing it near the top of the sidebar containing your blocks.

  1. On your course page, click Turn editing on.
  2. To rearrange a block, place your cursor over the Move icon (the move icon looks like crosshairs) (to upper-right of the block). 
  3. Drag and drop the block into a new position in the sidebar.