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Using Moodle Topic Areas

Changing the Section Name

You can use the default for the Section Name (Topic 1, Topic 2, etc.), or turn the default off so that you can customize how your sections, or topic areas, are titled.

Step 1: From the Course Management pop-up, turn editing on and click the Edit drop down menu located to the left of the section name/title of the topic area you are working with and select Edit topic.
Step 2: Check mark Custom and then type the topic area name you want in the text box provided.

Summary: if you have a short instruction or message, you can type it in this text box provided. The information will show up just below the section name.
Step 3: When you are finished, click the Save changes button at the bottom of the page.

Moving a Topic by Dragging and Dropping

Step 1: From within your course turn editing on.

Step 2: Click on and hold over the Move icon (multi-directional arrows) in the upper left corner of the topic area you would like to move. Drag the topic area to where you would like it and release the mouse button.

Moving a Topic by Clicking and Selecting

Step 1: From within your course turn editing on.

Step 2: Click (don’t drag) the Move icon (multi-directional arrows) in the upper left corner of the topic area you would like to move.

Step 3: From the Move Course Information menu that opens click the item you want the topic area to come after.

Hiding/Showing a Topic Section

Step 1: From within your course turn editing on.

Step 2: Click the Edit drop down menu and then select Hide topic.
Step 3: To unhide the topic area, click the Edit drop down menu and select Show topic. Note: when a topic area is hidden, everything fades out.

Highlighting a Topic Section

You can highlight topic areas to indicate which topic is the current one. A highlighted section is marked by a dark blue line that appears to the left of the highlighted section(s).

Step 1: From within your course turn editing on.

Step 2: For the topic area you would like highlighted as the current topic, click the Edit drop down menu and select Highlight. To un-highlight, select Remove highlight from the Edit drop down menu, which will appear in the location that Highlight previously appeared.

For Moodle help, contact the NMC Technology Helpdesk at 231-995-3020

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