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Creating, Editing and Hiding a New Course

Creating a New Course

STEP 1: Log in to Navigator+.

STEP 2: In the left NAVIGATION pane, select Create New Course.

STEP 3: In the Create New Course page, you will see a list of course templates. Select the course template you like to use.

STEP 4: Enter your new course name in the Course Name text field that corresponds to the preferred course template and select Create this course.

STEP 5: When the new course is created, the site will redirect to your new course.

Content Settings

STEP 1: Select the course you need to change from the left NAVIGATION pane.

STEP 2: Below the NAVIGATION pane is the ADMINISTRATION pane. In the ADMINISTRATION pane, select Edit Settings.

STEP 3: In the Edit Course Settings page, you will find all the setting groups where you can customize course various parameters like name, description, format, etc. Use the left navigation of this user guide for more information on each of the content setting groups.



Course Full NameThis is the name of the course. It is displayed as a link on course lists on the Home page, on the Dashboard, and in Reports. It is also used in the browser title bar when the course is viewed.

Course Short NameMany institutions have a shorthand way of referring to a course, such as BP102 or COMMS. Even if you do not already have such a name for your course, create one here. It will be used in several places where the full name is not appropriate, such as the NAVIGATION pane.

Course CategoryThe site administrator may have created course categories to help teachers and students easily find their courses. Course categories will be reflected in the NAVIGATION pane.

VisibleHere you can “hide” your course completely. It will not appear in the list of courses except for managers, course creators, teachers, and any other users with capability. If students try to access the course URL directly, they will not be allowed to enter. The hide/show courses capability controls whether a user can hide a course.

Course Start DateThis setting affects the display of logs and the weekly format topic dates. If you use the Weekly course format, the start date will appear in the first section of the course. For example selecting 27 July will display 27 July – 2 August in the first section (when default display is selected for that section).

Course End Date: An end date may be specified, although this does not affect students’ access to the course.

Course Enrollment Key: The course enrollment key (also known as course enrollment code), is the ID number of a course. This unique set of numbers is automatically generated when a new course is created. Instructors will need to provide this enrollment key to students who are enrolled in the course. Students need this enrollment key to gain access to the course within the Navigator+.


Course SummaryThe summary appears on the course listings page. This field is searched when searching for a course and also appears in the Course/Site description block.

Course Summary FilesAn image (and if allowed by the administrator, other file types) may be attached to the course summary. They will be accessible by anyone from outside of the course just like the course name and/or summary. By default, only .jpg, .gif, and .png file types are allowed for course summary files.

Course Format

Format: A course format refers to the layout of a course, whether it is geared towards topic or on a weekly basis.

Number of SectionsThis option lets you decide the count of sections needed for the course.

Hidden SectionsThis option allows you to decide how the hidden sections in your course are displayed to students. By default, a small area is shown (in collapsed form, usually gray) to indicate where the hidden section is, though they still cannot actually see the hidden activities and texts. This is particularly useful in the Weekly format, so that non-class weeks are clear, or if you have quizzes you don’t want your students to see.

TIP: If you choose, these non-available items can be completely hidden, so that students do not even know that sections or an activity in the course are hidden.

Course LayoutThe course layout setting determines whether the whole course is displayed on one page or split over several pages. The setting currently applies to the topics and weekly core course formats and contributed collapsed topics course format only.

Instructors choose from the dropdown whether they wish to “show all sections on one page” in a scrolling format, or “show one section per page.”

If one section per page is selected, the course page is abbreviated to a list of links to individual sections. If an individual section is shown, next and previous sections may be accessed via links above and below the section.


Force LanguageIf you force a language in a course, the interface of Moodle in this course will be in this particular language, even if a student has selected a different preferred language in his/her personal profile.

Number of Announcements: The announcements forum is a special forum which is created automatically in the course, has forced subscription set by default, and only users with appropriate permissions (by default teachers) can post in it. This setting determines how many recent announcements appear in the latest announcements block. If an announcements forum is not required in the course, this setting should be set to zero.

Show Gradebook to StudentsHere you can decide whether to allow students to see the link to grades in the Administration block. If your course doesn’t use graded activities, you can disable this. If grades are used and this link is disabled, students can still see their grade from the actual activity itself, such as an assignment.

Show Activity Reports: Here you can decide whether to show students their activity reports. Doing so places a load on the server, however, which is why the setting is disabled by default.

Files and Uploads

Maximum Upload Size: This setting determines the largest size of a file that can be uploaded to the course, limited by the site-wide setting set by an administrator. Activity modules also include a maximum upload size setting for further restricting the file size.

Completion Tracking

Enable Completion Tracking: If enabled, activity completion conditions may be set in the activity settings and/or course completion conditions may be set. Completion tracking must be enabled for Activity completion. Course completion criteria may also be based upon Activity completion values found in the activity’s settings.


Group ModeHere you can define the group mode at the course level by a drop-down menu. No groups, Separate groups, and Visible groups are the choices. The selected setting will be the default group mode for all activities defined within that course. The group setting can affect what users see in the participant’s list and who they can interact with in activities.

Force Group Mode: If the group mode is “forced” at a course level, then this particular group mode will be applied to every activity in that course. This will override any activities that may have a special group setting.

Default GroupingIf groupings are enabled, a default grouping for course activities and resources may be set.

Role Renaming

You can customize the labels of Managers, Course Creators, Teachers, etc in this pane.


For more about content settings, please visit https://docs.moodle.org/33/en/Course_settings.

Updated on May 18, 2017

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