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This page refers to Moodle 3.2 from Sept 2017 onward

How to: Edit module (course) settings 

You will need to be an Editing Teacher in a module (course) to be able to edit its settings.

To hide your whole module (course) from - or show it to - students

  • Enter the module (course), then in the Administration block (left column) click  Module Administration > Edit settings
  • Under Visible (third item down) click Hide or Show as required


Hide will completely prevent students from seeing or entering the module.

  • Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen

NOTE: Anything in Moodle that is “greyed-out” cannot be seen by students – it is hidden from them. This may be a greyed-out module in My Home (in this case you’ll see the name on a lighter version of the faculty colour) or a greyed-out item or a whole section in a module.

Changing the format of your module (course)

  • Enter the module, then in the Administration block (left column) click  Module Administration > Edit settings
  • Scroll down to Module formatFormat and select your chosen module format to be applied

The most frequently used formats are Topics and Collapsed Topics.

  • Topics gives you a number of topics or sections down the page, with all the content visible at once.
  • Collapsed topics is the same, but the topics are closed up by default, giving a tidier page but which requires users to click on the titles to open the section.  meaningful titles entered into the Section name field are crucial.

For a detailed description of each format type see the guide Module formats explained.



  • Click the Save changes button at the bottom of the screen

You also have an option to select Module Layout

  • Show all sections on one page is the default
  • Show one section per page is a setting which splits the module across a section per page.
    • Initially the module page shows the sections closed up. When a user clicks on a section it opens up on a separate page (with the top section still visible) 
    • Each section has a Jump to link and a Previous and Next link to move between sections (see bottom of screenshot below).

Turn editing on

To edit most things in your Moodle module (course) you need to click on the  Turn editing on button in the top right hand corner of the Moodle module page (see image below).      

To change number of sections (topics, weeks or sessions)

  • At the bottom of the main module (course) page click v to add or ^ to remove sections, one at a time.

Note: If a section is removed its content becomes “orphaned” – the content is still there but not visible on the page. Orphaned activities and resources can be moved (drag and drop) into other sections or will be restored to their original section if that is added back in.